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Euro NCAP announces Best in Class Cars of 2016


Publication date: 14 December 2016


In 2016, Euro NCAP tested 18 new passenger cars and four heavy quadricycles and today announces some of the year’s highlights. Three cars are awarded ‘Best in Class’: the Toyota Prius in the ‘Large Family Car’ category; the Hyundai Ioniq in the ‘Small Family Car’ category; and the VW Tiguan is the best ‘Small Off-Roader’ of 2016.

2016 also saw the introduction of some significant changes to Euro NCAP’s ratings scheme. The inclusion of tests for pedestrian-detecting autobrake systems drove a huge increase in fitment of this life-saving technology, mostly as standard equipment but also as an option.

While ‘Best in Class’ is based only on cars with standard safety equipment, several car manufacturers took advantage of Euro NCAP’s new ‘dual rating’ system in 2016. In addition to a star rating indicating the safety of a car with only standard safety equipment, a second rating demonstrates the benefits of optional safety equipment. In general, the optional ‘safety pack’ includes AEB, including pedestrian-detecting auto-brake systems, and the scheme was used for Superminis, Small Family Cars and one Pickup – competitive segments that might well otherwise have missed out on advanced driver assistance technologies.

Read more on Euro NCAP's website



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