New Yaris sets benchmark for small family car safety

Euro NCAP has revealed the results of the first car to be rated according its revamped 2020 protocols, and first past the post was the Toyota Yaris, which has received five stars.

The brand’s fourth-generation Yaris emerges with flying colours from Euro NCAP’s 2020 test programme. It is the first to be subjected to a new frontal offset test, which replaces the one previously used since the programme started in 1997, and is the first to feature a counter-measure for injuries in far-side impacts.

The mobile progressive deformable barrier (MPDB ) test assesses the protection a car offers its occupants, as well as the risks it poses to the car into which it has crashed. The Yaris, in general, does well, its small size and benign front end making it one of the less aggressive crash partners on the road. Two centre-mounted airbags inflate in side impacts to limit an occupant's travel to the opposite side of the vehicle and to mitigate the risk of occupant to occupant contact.

The Yaris also showcases the rapid advancements in crash avoidance technology: the latest generation of Toyota Safety Sense now can stop the vehicle during turning to avoid a crash with oncoming traffic.

Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said it had been a tough year for all concerned and he was grateful to Euro NCAP’s labs and employees who had worked hard to deliver safety, while staying safe.

"We have had to adapt quickly to new working practices, and it is pleasing the first car rated this year should have gone so far to address the safety issues that are emerging as top priorities.”

In addition to this new assessment, Audi’s e-tron Sportback variant shares its stablemate’s 2019 five-star rating. Meanwhile Renault’s hybrid variant of the Clio is also added to the list of 2019-rated vehicles, with similar performance to the combustion-engined car tested last year.


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