A total of 18 models were evaluated by Euro NCAP
The European New Car Asssement Programme (Euro NCAP), the independent European body accountable to assess the degree of safety of recently-built automobiles, has now unveiled the safest cars of 2016.
A total of 18 models were evaluated, with Hyundai Ioniq being considered the best among the “Small Family Cars” category, while the Toyota Prius was the best among the “Family Cars” and the Volkswagen Tiguan was elected as the number one among compact SUVs.
The body also emphasised the fact that, even though Mercedes Class E achieved the maximum score possible, this was the only assessed model in the “Executives” segment, thus it did not receive the “Best in Class” distinction, awarded to Ioniq, Prius and Tiguan.
On the other hand, the EuroNCAP highlighted the changes made to the tests, notably the inclusion of double tests for the base versions and the optional safety appliances which, for instance, in the case of Suzuki Ignis, increased the score from three stars to the maximum of five stars.
Another new element in safety tests was the introduction of tests to the pedestrian detection systems, with EuroNCAP saying that its inclusion in the Toyota Safety Sense was one of the reasons why Prius stayed in 1st place in the 2016 rankings of its class.