The Safest Cars According to NCAP
Every year, Euro NCAP produce a list of the cars that have performed the best in their categories. This is done as a “Best of Class” basis, as star ratings between different categories cannot be easily compared, to show which vehicles performed best. This comparison is done within each calendar year. The scores for all areas of assessment are used to make the calculation. However, only standard safety equipment is used in the rating, and optional equipment is excluded.
The following cars were rated as the Safest in 2016. The other safety systems that NCAP scored each vehicle for are; Active Bonnet, AEB Pedestrian, AEB City, AEB Inter-urban, Speed Assistance and Lane Assist System.
Safest Family Cars – Top 3
Alfa Romeo Giulia – A large family 4-door saloon. This car received the highest score in the adult protection tests as well as achieving a high score for its child protection tests. It has a good range of airbags fitted as standard, including air bag cut-off switches, ISOFIX points in the rear of the car and 5 out of 6 of the other safety systems that NCAP look for fitted as standard.
Toyota Prius – A large family 5-door hatchback; Model tested Prius Hybrid. The Toyota received a score of 92% in the adult protection tests and 82% in the child protection tests. It is fitted with a good range of airbags, has ISOFIX points in the rear and an airbag cut-off switch. It also had 5 out of 6 of the other safety systems fitted as standard that NCAP scores the safety on.
Subaru Levorg – A small family 5-door estate car; Model tested Subaru Levorg 1.6 GT-S, LHD. This was another vehicle scoring 92% for adult protection, this one had a score of 83% for its child protection. As standard, the Subaru has a good range of airbags fitted throughout, a cut-off switch and rear ISOFIX points. With no speed assistance, this car only had 4 of the 6 other safety systems fitted as standard.
Safest Fleet Cars – Top 3
Volvo V90 – (Rated for 2017 not 2016) An Executive 4-door saloon; Model tested Volvo S90 D4 ‘Momentum’, LHD. NCAP have given this car a 95% score for adult protection and 80% for child occupants. It has a good range of airbags fitted throughout the vehicle, airbag cut-off switch and rear ISOFIX as standard, with the option to add passenger ISOFIX and integrated rear child seats. The Volvo met the criteria for all 6 of the other safety systems that NCAP look for. NCAP verified the results of the V90 are as good or better than those for the S90.
Alfa Romeo Giulia – This car is in both the safest family car category and the safest fleet car category (see results above).
Mercedes-Benz E-Class – An Executive 4-door saloon; Model tested Mercedes-Benz E 220 d Avantgarde, LHD. A good range of airbags throughout with rear side chest airbags available as extras, cut-off switch and ISOFIX in the rear. This vehicle has 5 of the 6 other safety systems installed as standard with the 6th available as an extra.
If a car’s safety is of prime importance when you’re choosing a new model, then you may want to take note of the NCAP rating of the type of car you’re thinking of.