Two of the latest models from Toyota – the and the – scored top marks for overall safety in the tough new Euro NCAP tests.
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The and the also picked up five-star ratings, while Citroen’s C3 Picasso and the Subaru Impreza each scored four stars.
The six cars were the first to undergo Euro NCAP tests since the rating system was revamped to include overall scores for car safety.
New Euro NCAP tests
Previously, cars were given three separate ratings for their ability to protect adult occupants, child occupants and pedestrians in collisions.
But under the new Euro NCAP system, the five-star rating rewards overall safety, including the three original tests, plus a newly developed test for whiplash protection and a new ‘Safety Assist’ rating.
For the first time, cars are awarded higher scores if they make electronic stability control available on all variants. The availability of speed limitation devices is also considered, and all of the previous Euro NCAP tests are still conducted.
|Euro NCAP tests – February 2009|
|Make and model||Year of test||Overall safety score|
|Citroen C3 Picasso||2009||4 stars|
|Mazda 6||2009||5 stars|
|Mitsubishi Lancer||2009||5 stars|
|Subaru Impreza||2009||4 stars|
|Toyota Avensis||2009||5 stars|
|Toyota iQ||2009||5 stars|
Toyota’s Euro NCAP scores
Toyota’s latest Euro NCAP scores show that cars of all sizes can perform well when it comes to overall safety. Both the , which is said to be the world’s smallest four-seater car, and the much larger achieved the same five-star rating.
But Euro NCAP said all cars tested this time – except the Subaru Impreza – still failed to impress on pedestrian protection.
A Euro NCAP spokesperson said: ‘Over the next three years, stricter requirements will be introduced increasing the emphasis on all-round safety performance and demanding higher levels of achievement in each area.’
The Which? guide to the new Euro NCAP tests has more on how the ratings are awarded.
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