This year, the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP) tested a whole slew of all new cars for safety. The agency not only crash tested the cars but also put their driver assist systems to the test. Of all the cars they tested this year, three stood out.
According to EuroNCAP, the top three safest cars they tested this year come from Hyundai, Lexus, and Mercedes-Benz. These are the Nexo, the ES, and the A-Class. With these three being to top rated cars of 2018, it's no surprise that these cars are also the safest in their respective segments.
EuroNCAP praised the Hyundai Nexo for its strong safety cell. Adult occupant protection was given a score of 96 percent, posting high scores in frontal and side impact tests. The Nexo also nailed the child occupant protection part of the test, getting perfect scores. It also did well in the pedestrian protection test and the safety assist systems such as automatic emergency braking, performed flawlessly.
On to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and, like the Hyundai Nexo, scored 96 percent in adult occupant. The vehicle's structure held up in the offset and head on impact test, and there was no major intrusion in the side impact and pole impact test. Perfect scores too for child occupant protection.
Despite the hatchback's sleek shape, the EuroNCAP praised the A-Class for offering excellent amount of protection in the pedestrian impact test, noting that should a pedestrian be struck by an A-Class, the person can walk away with minor injuries. EuroNCAP adds that the automatic emergency braking system performed well, keeping a consistent performance be it night or day, as well as stopping well before the obstacle.
As for the Lexus, it's actually double win for them with the ES. The large luxury sedan was ranked best in large sedans, as well as best in hybrid and electric vehicles. It scored 91 percent in the adult occupant protection test, plus the knee airbags for both driver and front passenger drew praise from EuroNCAP. Injury risk is also low in the side impact and pole impact test. Like the other two, child occupant protection gets a perfect score.
Pedestrians are also well protected in the Lexus ES. The agency noted that the front part of the car has enough soft parts for pedestrians who may get struck by the large sedan. Automatic emergency braking was also rated highly, stopping well before the car could get close to the obstacle. Even cyclist detection was rated good.
Of the three cars here, two are available in the Philippines. These are the Mercedes-Benz A-Class (introduced here just a few weeks ago) and the Lexus ES.