Each year, Euro NCAP publishes a list of those cars that have performed best in their respective categories.
Star ratings cannot be compared directly between different categories of vehicles, so a ‘Best in Class’ is published showing which vehicles have performed better than their competitors, said Euro NCAP.
To define the ‘Best in Class’, 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.
So, without any further due, let’s checkout the list –
In the Executive class, Volkswagen Arteon received the honour. It scored 96% for Adult Occupant protection, 85% for Child Occupant, and 85% for Pedestrian protection.
In the Large Off-Road class, the second generation Volvo XC60 scored an impressive 98% for the Adult Occupant protection. Its Safety Assist systems scored an equally impressive 95%. More impressive is the roll-over crash test video below, where there is barely any damage to the passenger cabin.
Another VW making it to the list is the compact T-Roc, in the Small Off-Road class. It scored an impressive 96% for Adult Occupant protection.
The third VW in this list is the new Polo. It not only has a timeless design, but also a safe Supermini too. It scored 96% for Adult Occupant protection.
Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X
PSA Group’s Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X made it to the list in the Small MPV class.
The list is incomplete without a Japanese. The Subaru XV made it to the list in the Small Family Car class. It scored 94% for Adult Occupant protection.
Another Subaru in the list is the lowered suspension/regular version of the XV, the Impreza. The Impreza managed to impress in the same Small Family Car class scoring 94% for Adult Occupant protection.