This is Euro NCAP’s top for each class in 2016 image

Safety organizations like Euro NCAP or the IIHS strive to offer a better understanding of safety each passing year, and their top pick lists are also a way of honoring the best performing automakers.

With safety a major preoccupation when selecting a new car, no wonder you need some counseling when discussing this particular chapter – since every carmaker would like us to believe they have the best models. But independent entities such as Euro NCAP provide a better overview of the market in this department – with the organization now presenting the best performing models in each class for 2016. Most recently, the Euro NCAP has introduced a “dual rating” system, which helps vehicles with pedestrian detection get better results. As such, the new generation Toyota Prius is now the safest in the large family car segment.

When discussing the small family car segment, the Hyundai Ioniq was awarded the top distinction. Another family group member – the Kia Niro – was just as good, but only if equipped with the optional safety pack. The small off-road category award was taken home by the Volkswagen Tiguan – and as a reference the Best in Class calculations made by Euro NCAP were based on the weighted sum of the scores in each area: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.

Via Euro NCAP