NCAP Safety Ratings
5-star safety for Toyota and Lexus
The most recent round of Euro NCAP’s (European New Car Assessment Programme) independent safety testing programme has just taken place, and Toyota and Lexus have both excelled.
The Euro NCAP is the most highly regarded safety assessment programme in the world, having been in place for over 20 years, and with some 1800 cars tested. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.
The Lexus UX, a luxury compact SUV launched earlier in the year, received the highest score for pedestrian and cyclist protection of any car yet tested under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 criteria, with its automated emergency braking helping it secure an 82 per cent rating for vulnerable road user protection.
The UX also received a top five-star rating overall, achieving 96% in adult occupant safety and 85% for children occupant safety. These results place the UX amongst the safest cars in its category, and can largely be attributed to the latest version of Lexus Safety System+, which incorporates a number of new and improved active safety features that can warn of and help the driver avoid many common collision risks. If an accident is unavoidable, the severity of the impact can be reduced.
Two Toyota models, the new Corolla and the new RAV4, also both achieved a five-star rating with strong all-round scores. The Corolla and RAV4 received 95% and 93% respectively for Adult Occupant safety; 84% and 87% for Child Occupant safety; 86% and 85% for Vulnerable Road Users, and both received 77% for Safety Assist.
These impressive results can be attributed largely to the inherent strength of the Toyota New Global Architecture platforms on which the models are built, as well as the second generation Toyota Safety Sense package includes a Pre-Collision System which can detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path in both day and night-time driving, and can also recognise cyclists by day. The system scored maximum points in Euro NCAP’s testing at low, city speeds, with collisions being avoided at all test speeds. At highway speeds, collisions were avoided when approaching a slower vehicle; when coming up behind a stationary or slowing car, impacts were avoided in most cases, and mitigated in others. Other Toyota Safety Sense features include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.