Euro NCAP reveals safest cars of 2014
07 January 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
European testing body Euro NCAP have revealed the cars tested in 2014 that achieved the highest scores in their respective classes.
The cars are: Mercedes-Benz C class (Large Family), Nissan Qashqai (Small Family), VW Golf Sportvan (Small MPV), Land Rover Discovery Sport (Small off-road 4x4) and the Skoda Fabia (Supermini).
In 2014, Euro NCAP's assessments included new requirements for autonomous emergency braking and put more emphasis on technologies designed to help drivers drive safely and avoid incidents.
Euro NCAP said the results show a split emerging between small and large cars; all of the vehicles tested in the Large Family category achieved five-star ratings, while the Skoda Fabia was the only supermini to be awarded five stars.
In the Small MPV category, only the Vokswagen Golf Sportsvan achieved the coveted five stars with more than half of the segment scoring three stars.
"It shows that manufacturers are still struggling to make driver assist technology available in market segments where every cent counts," the body claimed.
Out of the five all-electric or hybrid models tested in 2014, the Lexus NX came out on top, closely followed by Tesla's Model S.
"We congratulate those manufacturers whose cars are in our Best in Class list for last year. It shows a commitment to offer the highest levels of safety, which, nowadays, means active accident prevention as well as top-rate crash protection," said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general.
"As these technologies become more widespread and costs fall, we will see more manufacturers follow the example of the class leaders and offer the best all-round safety to all consumers."