The new generation of the popular Toyota Prius hybrid was awarded with a top rating by the Euro NCAP agency, thanks to the model’s standard safety features.
The new Toyota Prius was the first model to have undergone Euro NCAP’s newest test of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tech for pedestrians and also the first one to be awarded with a five-star rating by the safety agency. From 2016, Euro NCAP’s has introduced a more stringent and wider-ranging test criteria, which cover not only how passengers and pedestrians are protected, but also the cars’ range of safety features. Prius managed to achieve 92 percent score for overall adult occupant protection, 82 percent for child occupants, 77 percent for pedestrian protection and 85 percent for safety assist.
In its report, Euro NCAP said the new Prius had “good protection of all critical body areas” and was rated with a top score for the performance of its autonomous emergency braking system. This tech is included in the model’s Pre-Collision System and is able to detect and react to pedestrians as well as to other cars on the road.
The Pre-Collision System is part of the Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety features, together with Adaptive Cruise Control with Full Speed Following function, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist, all provided as standard on the 2016 Prius. Some radar-controlled systems including a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also available.