year, Euro NCAP crash tested twenty nine vehicles, 65% of
which reached the five star rating, compared to 90% in 2009.
This decrease of 25% clearly shows that Euro NCAP’s criteria
to reach a five stars are now tougher. While Euro NCAP’s
poorest results of 2010 were achieved by the Citroen
with three stars and by the Landwind
which received only two stars, the top achievers by
• Executive category: BMW
• Small Family category: Alfa
• Supermini category: Honda
• Small off-road 4×4 category: Kia
• Small MPV category: Toyota
To be top achiever means that 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 5 star overall rating.
In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki
all exceeded the 80% mark in overall score putting them
on the list of best performing cars of 2010.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says: “Every
year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make
their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size
of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high
performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’
commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles.”
NCAP is now performing Electronic Stability Control tests as
part of the overall assessment. Since 2009, Euro NCAP requires
ESC systems to be fitted as standard and will from now on be
measuring its performance when testing the vehicles. ESC is
meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting
from crashes in which the driver loses directional control of
the vehicle, including those resulting in vehicle rollover.
The full list of cars tested in 2010 is published on
Next results will be released on 23rd February 2011. For more
information, please contact Marie Brasseur, Euro NCAP
Communications Manager at [email protected]
or +32 2 4007746.