Euro NCAP has unveiled its five safest cars of 2010. To be selected as safest cars of their categories, these vehicles achieved a high overall score and attained the coveted five-star rating.
Last year, Euro NCAP crash tested 29 vehicles, 65 per cent of which reached the five-star rating, compared to 90 per cent in 2009.
This decrease of 25 per cent clearly shows that Euro NCAP’s criteria to reach five stars is now tougher.
Top achievers by category were:
• Executive category: BMW 5 Series
• Small Family category: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
• Supermini category: Honda CR-Z
• Small off-road 4x4 category: Kia Sportage
• Small MPV category: Toyota Verso
To be a top achiever means the car accomplished a high combined score based on the scores in each of the individual four areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment, while notably exceeding the thresholds for a five-star overall rating.
In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki Swift, Kia Venga, BMW X1, VW Sharan/ Seat Alhambra, and Citroen C4 all exceeded the 80 per cent mark in overall score, putting them on the list of best performing cars of 2010.