Euro NCAP: 2018 Best In Class Cars Announced

After the disappointing results of the new-gen Jeep Wrangler and Fiat Panda, Euro NCAP has now flipped things around, naming the safest cars of the year in each class.

The big winner in the ‘Small Family Cars’ segment is the latest Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The compact hatchback managed to outscore its main rivals, earning 96 percent, 91 percent and 92 percent in Adult Occupant, Child Occupant and Pedestrian protection, as well as 75 percent in Safety Assist.

The gold medal in the ‘Large Family Car’ class goes to the Lexus ES. The executive sedan, which replaces the GS, is a 5-star vehicle with 91 percent, 87 percent and 90 percent scored in the Adult Occupant, Child Occupant and Pedestrian safety categories, respectively. In the Safety Assist, the 2019 Lexus ES scored 77 percent.

For the first time, Euro NCAP has given an award for the best safety performance of an electrified model, and the big winner is the Lexus ES 300h.

Also Read: New Volvo S90 And V90 Get Top Safety Ratings From Euro NCAP

Hyundai has claimed the final award in the ‘Large Off-Roaders’ class with the Nexo. The hydrogen-powered crossover managed to obtain 94 percent and 87 percent in the Adult and Child occupant categories, 67 percent in Pedestrian safety and 80 percent in Safety Assist, which rounds up to a 5-star rating.

“In 2018, we introduced tough new tests, with a particular focus on Vulnerable Road User protection”, said Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen. “The three ‘Best in Class’ award winners this year all clearly demonstrate that carmakers are striving for the highest levels of protection, and that Euro NCAP’s assessments are a catalyst for these crucial safety improvements.”

In order to qualify for the ‘Best in Class’ award, vehicles need to perform better than their competitors. The European car safety specialists measure them by the weighted sum of scores in each of the four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. Also, the comparison is made within each calendar year, as this ensures all vehicles are assessed against the same safety standards.


more photos...
  • Craig

    Sadly… a dozen people or so were on their way to the award’s ceremony when their new Jeep Wrangler gently hit a curb and they all died.

Speedkore’s Carbon-Bodied, 1200 HP Demon Does A Sub-9 Sec 1/4 Mile

The V8’s internals remain stock, but the drivetrain has been enhanced to cope with all that power.

Businessman Wanted To Buy Thousands Of Cruzes To Keep Lordstown Plant Open

Bernie Moreno was going to use the cars he’d purchase to launch a ride-hailing service like Uber and Lyft.

You Can’t Miss DMC’s Lamborghini Aventador LP900-4 Molto Veloce

The German tuner squeezed 888 HP from the Aventador’s V12 without using forced induction.

Nuro’s Driverless Pods To Start Delivering Groceries In Houston This Spring

The program starts with self-driving Priuses, as the unmanned Nuro R1 pods will arrive later this year.

2020 Mercedes GLC Coupe Combines Sportier Styling With More Power

After the regular GLC, it’s time for Mercedes to give the sportier GLC Coupe a subtle makeover .

2020 Nissan Versa Looks To Ditch Its Econobox Image With Sportier Styling

The 2020 Nissan Versa has been spied and it appears to take a few cues from the Altima.

See The 2019 Audi R8 Coupe & Spyder Facelift From Every Angle In Mega Gallery

Audi’s updated R8 features more aggressive design, a slight boost in power and a revised chassis.

2020 Nissan Juke Retains Funky Looks Despite Switch To New Platform

The CMF-B architecture will enable Nissan’s new Juke to offer a hybrid version and a roomier cabin.

John DeLorean’s Insane Story Of Drugs, Cars And Scandal Hits Theaters This Summer

The new film, Framing John DeLorean, stars Alec Baldwin.

Former Florida State Trooper Suggests The Obvious: Don’t Pass A Cop

While passing a police car is perfectly legal, it’ll draw a lot of attention.