Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Euro NCAP | posted January 18, 2016 15:35
Honda, Mazda, VW among top safety picks
Euro NCAP, Europe's automotive safety administration, has announced their top picks from the cars they tested last year. The safety board tested a mix of subcompact, compact, midsize and large cars ranging from hatchbacks and sports cars, to SUVs. Euro NCAP has chosen eight cars from last year's seven with the addition of the sports cars and roadster category.
According to Euro NCAP's tests, the safest sports car is the all-new Mazda MX-5. Despite being lighter and smaller than its predecessor, the MX-5 scored four stars. Apart from the strong crash test performance, the roadster got 93% in pedestrian protection, boosting its rank even further.
- read our review of the 2015 Mazda MX-5 SkyActiv
For subcompacts, the Honda Jazz got five stars from its most recent test. With score of 93% in adult occupant and 85% in child occupant safety, the Jazz delivered an outstanding performance. While it was tied with the Suzuki Vitara in crash performance, the Jazz was able to edge out the Swift thanks to more standard safety kit.
Read our review of the Honda Jazz VX+
Volkswagen took top honors for the compact MPV class with the Touran. With high scores for its crash tests and a host of standard safety features, the Touran continues to be a top choice for those looking for a compact 7 seat MPV.
Euro NCAP rated the Mercedes-Benz GLC as the safest compact crossover tested in 2015. With a score of 95% in adult occupant protection, the Mercedes-Benz proved to be a solid and safe car for the family. Adding to the GLC's top scores is a long list of standard safety equipment.
Infiniti's newest Q30 compact was rated as the safest compact car from the cars tested last year. It garnered a high score for pedestrian safety with 91% and the amount of safety features available standard also helped the Infiniti get top marks. Occupant safety was also rated high.
The Jaguar XE took the top spot for the large sedan category. Euro NCAP praised the XE's active hood which pops up in an event of a collision with a pedestrian. As a result, it scores 81% when it comes to pedestrian safety. It also scored high scored for occupant protection and standard safety equipment, giving it five stars.
In Large MPVs, the Ford Galaxy surpassed the long time top scoring Renault Espace for the category pick. While both cars received five stars, the Galaxy posted better scores all around, from crash protection, safety equipment and pedestrian protection.
Finally, for large SUVs, the Volvo XC90 posted high scores across the board. The XC90 scored an industry first 100% rating when it comes to safety equipment. It also had a near-perfect score in the adult occupant protection part of the test at 97%.