The previous two-star rating was updated to three after Ford added more standard safety kit.

The company was criticised earlier this year when the Mustang scored poorly in frontal offset and full-width frontal tests undertaken by the Euro NCAP. Its airbags also failed to inflate fully and the car’s seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters didn’t work effectively enough.

The company responded by adding pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping assist as standard fitment on the car. The company has also simultaneously addressed the airbag issue.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research, said, “Our advice to buyers is to always opt for a Euro NCAP five-star car, so a three-star rating is never a cause for celebration.”

“However, Ford’s rapid addition of a suite of standard safety tech and its prompt updates to improve the performance of the airbags and restraints is to be applauded and underlines the power of the Euro NCAP consumer testing programme as a force for positive action,” said Avery.

In India, the Mustang is available as a full import.

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