Many new cars are specifically engineered to attain the maximum five stars Euro NCAP rating these days, and there are so many of them around, but have you ever wondered which of these five-star cars are a cut above the rest?
Well, Euro NCAP has released the top-five highest scoring cars among those it tested in 2009, so now we can tell the safest from the safe. All the cars that made the list are five-star rated cars, seperated only by their scores. In top spot is the Mk6 Volkswagen Golf, followed by the hybrid pair Honda Insight and Toyota Prius in second and third, respectively. In fourth spot is the Hyundai i20 while there are three cars tied for fifth – the Toyota Avensis, Volvo XC60 and the Opel Astra.
To achieve the overall rating, a car is 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, using up to a total of three cars, three front seats, four child seats and an array of spare parts per model. For 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%.
Of the 33 models crash tested by Euro NCAP in 2009, the poorest results were achieved by the Suzuki Alto and the Toyota Urban Cruiser, both receiving three stars.