After having tested 18 new passenger cars and 4 heavy quadricycles in 2016, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) has announced some of the year’s highlights.
Coming after revisions to the ratings scheme, which saw the inclusion of tests for pedestrian-detecting autobrake systems fitted as standard or optional as part of the new ‘dual rating’, the Toyota Prius was the first car to undergo these tests, and it has been declared the winner in the Large Family Car category.
Following it in the Small Family Car class is the Hyundai Ioniq, another five-star vehicle praised for its safety assist features, which managed to score 91 percent in Adult Occupant, 80 percent in Child Occupant, and 70 percent in Pedestrian. Euro NCAP tested the Hybrid version of the car, but says that the rating applies to all variants of the Ioniq.
In the Small Off-Roader category, the new Volkswagen Tiguan stole the show, by offering 96 percent and 84 percent in the Adult Occupant and Child Occupant categories, respectively, along with 72 percent in Pedestrian and 68 percent in the Safety Assist.
The safety specialists have also noted ‘excellent performance’ of the Seat Ateca and state that the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has performed well, but since it was the only vehicle tested in the Executive Car segment, it cannot be awarded ‘Best in Class’.