With a sprawling automotive market that is now recovering from the deep European recession, the auto industry had a very busy year in 2015 – and so were Euro NCAP’s labs.
The independent organization now has taken the time to deliver us the Best In Class Cars of 2015 top – choosing from over 40 vehicle introductions they had to test over the past 12 months. Let’s start off with a “massive” treat – the best large off-roader of 2015 in terms of safety is none other than the Volvo XC90, which had a 97 percent score for adult occupant protection and took home 100 percent of the safety assist technologies category. The best small off-roader for last year was the new Mercedes-Benz GLC, with the replacement for the GLK series scoring 95 percent for adult occupant protection. The large family category saw a double win: the Jaguar XE and the Toyota Avensis – the British luxury model comes with high tech safety equipment as standard while the Japanese has assistance technologies on the optional list, but overall the price remains lower.
The top performing small family car was chosen the Infiniti Q30 which scored well across all areas but also earned top praise for the active hood that delivered the best results for pedestrian protection. The supermini category saw a close fight between the Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Vitara with the first ultimately taking home the prize. The best small MPV became the Volkswagen Touran and the large MPV category once more saw a close combat between the Ford Galaxy/S-Max (winner) and the Renault Espace. The roadster category has been of notice for Euro NCAP, which has said automakers usually downplay safety in this particular segment – the Mazda MX-5 took home the honors though it’s important to say none of the tested cars actually scored a five star rating.