Lhe new generation of Honda Fit is gradually beginning to reach all markets where the brand has a presence. First it was Asia and recently, Europe, where the usual Latin NCAP crash tests have already been carried out, in addition to evaluating the performance of its driving assistants. As expected, the minivan from the Japanese firm achieved 5 stars, but it is very interesting to know in detail what its strengths were and which items to improve.
According to the current protocol, a vehicle receives 5 stars if it obtains a result with a protection percentage greater than 80%. In this case, the Fit achieved 87% in adult occupant protection and 83% in child occupant protection. Its performance was good: in the frontal impact the level of protection was adequate in almost all areas, except in the region of the driver’s chest, which without being dangerous, is somewhat inferior to the rest, which subtracted some points. In the lateral test, it did stand out, even in the pole test, which is often critical for many vehicles. Euro NCAP particularly highlighted the incorporation and operation of the new central airbag, which deploys between the passengers, protecting the occupants’ heads in both the front and rear seats.
As for active safety systems and driving assistance, it also had a good performance, although with some criticisms, such as the lack of an occupant detector in the rear seats and the fatigue detector. However, the proper functioning of the autonomous emergency braking and the lane-keeping assistant were highly valued by the entity.
Developed on a new platform, the fourth generation of the Fit shows a great evolution in design and technology: unlike its predecessor with straighter and more marked lines, it shows clean and more rounded surfaces. As a particularity, it once again has large headlights, with a projector and a LED light signature that follows part of the contour of the optics. The grille is thinner and has a body-color appliqué on the top, instead of being painted black or chrome as it is today. The bumper also shows a simpler and more sober design, while in profile, as we noted above, it is highlighted by clean surfaces and a fairly high waistline that joins the more horizontal rear lights that occupy part of the tailgate. In this way, it leaves aside the more aggressive lines and recharged by a more sober but equally modern, more Japanese figure, like the new Honda E. Inside doors, it also replicates the style of the exterior, with a somewhat simpler and more sober aesthetic than the current one, but very modern, with digital instruments and many connectivity options.
The great novelty of the minivan are its hybrid mechanics (the only ones that will be available in Europe). Renamed as e: HEV (formerly iMMD), the Honda system is made up of a combustion engine and two electric ones, which work by prioritizing the use of the latter and resort to the thermal propellant only when certain requirements or to recharge the batteries.