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Toyota cleans up in tough new Euro NCAP tests

Avensis and iQ awarded top marks for crash safety

The Toyota iQ scored top marks in the latest Euro NCAP tests

The Toyota iQ scored top marks in the latest Euro NCAP tests

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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