The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) tested out 55 models from different automakers in 2019, out of which 41 were awarded the top safety rating. But which are the best of the best? This is what we’ll cover in this story, so let’s take a deep breath and go through all of them.
In the supermini segment, the safety specialists listed the Renault Clio and Audi A1 as the top performers, with the silver medal going to the Ford Puma.
In the small family car class, the Mercedes-Benz CLA was declared the top dog, followed by the Mazda3, while the large family car award was shared by the Tesla Model 3 and BMW 3-Series. The two luxury models ended up with identical overall scores, with the BMW scoring better in pedestrian protection, and the Tesla edging it in Safety Assist features. The Skoda Octavia finished third.
Euro NCAP: 2018 Best In Class Cars Announced
An electric vehicle nabbed the trophy in the large off-road category, the Tesla Model X, followed by Seat’s Tarraco mid-size SUV, which shares its DNA with the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq. The small off-road/MPV award went to the Subaru Forester with the silver medal split between the Mazda CX-30 and Volkswagen T-Cross. Last, but not least, the hybrid and electric category saw two Teslas fighting for supremacy, with the Model 3 winning first place and the Model X bagging the second spot.
So, how did they come up with the winners? According to Euro NCAP, “a calculation is made of the weighted sum of the scores in each of the four areas of assessment: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist. This sum is used as the basis for comparison of the vehicles. Cars qualify for ‘Best in Class’ based only on their rating with standard safety equipment. Additional ratings based on optional equipment are excluded.”