Euro NCAP’s Top Five Safety Achievers of 2009
Publication date: 28 January 2010
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BRUSSELS, 28TH JANUARY 2010
2009 saw the introduction of Euro NCAP’s new rating scheme that awards an overall score for safety covering four areas of assessment: adult, child, pedestrian and safety assist. For the first time, Euro NCAP can now release its top five safest cars of 2009, based on their maximum five star award and their overall score. Top of this list is the Volkswagen Golf VI that was first tested in 2008 under the former rating scheme and was re-released in 2009.
The Honda Insight Hybrid and Toyota Prius, two fuel-efficient vehicles tested in 2009, were second and third respectively in Euro NCAP’s list of safest, crash-tested cars. In fourth place is the Hyundai i20. There are three joint winners for fifth place – the Toyota Avensis, Volvo XC60 and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra. Euro NCAP’s poorest results of the year were achieved by the Suzuki Alto and the Toyota Urban Cruiser, which both received three stars.
In 2009, Euro NCAP crash tested thirty three car models, using up to a total of three cars, three front seats, four child seats and an array of spare parts per model. To achieve the overall rating, the car model is usually put through four crash tests, a component test and is assessed by an inspector who considers tests results and the safety equipment and features of the car. In 2009, upon the request of the manufacturer Euro NCAP also considered results from vehicles crash-tested in 2007/2008 and carried out the necessary tests and assessment to upgrade them to a result applicable under the new rating scheme.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP says “This is the first time we can calculate results that demonstrate an overall safety performance. Even though these cars excel in different areas of safety, their presence in the top-five list indicates that they are among the top safety achievers of the year”.
In 2010, the threshold to achieve Euro NCAP’s maximum five stars rises from 75% to 80% in Adult Occupant Protection and from 70% to 75% in Child Occupant Protection. The threshold for Pedestrian Protection rises to 40%. The first results for vehicles tested under this stricter assessment will be released on 3rd March 2010.
Euro NCAP’s test results are released on a quarterly basis. Keep checking our website for details of forthcoming results.
For further information please contact: Sinziana Radu Gille, Communications Manager at +32 2 2820816
POSITION RATING adult child pedestrian safety assist
1 VW Golf VI 97% 84% 61% 71%
2 HONDA Insight 90% 74% 76% 86%
3 TOYOTA Prius 88% 82% 68% 86%
4 HYUNDAI i20 88% 83% 64% 86%
5 TOYOTA Avensis 90% 86% 53% 86%
5 VOLVO XC60 94% 79% 48% 86%
5 OPEL/VAUXHALL Astra95% 84% 46% 71%
1. The cars in this list are comparable. Consumers should be aware that not all cars are comparable due to their varying size and weight. For comparable cars please consult our website www.euroncap.com.
2. This ranking is based on the individual weighted overall score of each car. These cars have all reached the minimum performance required in each area of assessment to achieve Euro NCAP’s maximum five-star rating.
3. From 2009, Euro NCAP’s new overall rating includes Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Pedestrian Protection and a new area of assessment: Safety Assist. Under the new testing regime, vehicles are awarded a single overall score from one to five stars. The assessment incorporates all previous aspects and includes the recently introduced Rear Impact (Whiplash) tests. In addition, the availability of ESC and speed limitation devices is considered. The overall rating is based on the car’s performance in each of the four main areas and the scores are weighted with respect to each other. 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.
4. Consumers should be aware that results are time dependent, the more recently a car has been tested, the more accurate and up-to-date the results of its safety performance. Only ratings for the year the car was tested apply for older or second-hand cars. These ratings can be considered compromised if the car has been involved in an accident.
5. All these cars achieved ‘good’ scores in whiplash performance except the Toyota Prius and the Hyundai i20 that achieved ‘marginal’ scores.