Home Menu Search

Euro NCAP reveals the Best in Class cars of 2015

13 January 2016

Euro NCAP has revealed the Best in Class cars of 2015 out of over 40 vehicles released during a very busy year. 

In 2015, the new full width frontal test has had a significant influence on the fitment of rear seatbelt pre-tensioners and load-limiters across all sectors and autonomous braking technology continues to become more widespread. The ratings showed a marked difference between newer cars that have been developed for the latest safety technologies and older vehicles, whose safety has not been updated and which now lag behind the leaders.

The best performing large off-roader, and the car with the best overall performance of 2015, was Volvo’s XC90. The Swedish company’s new flagship achieved an outstanding 97 percent for adult occupant protection and a maximum 100 percent for its safety assist technologies.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC is the best small off-roader of 2015. In the large family category, two cars performed equally well: the Jaguar XE and the Toyota Avensis gave identical overall results. The Jaguar takes top honours in this category as all of its safety equipment is standard. The Toyota has some driver assistance technologies as an option, however comes at a generally lower price.

The best performing small family car was the Infiniti Q30, with strong performance in all areas of assessment. The Q30’s active bonnet helped it to gain results for pedestrian protection which were amongst the best of 2015, and it performed well in all other areas too.

In 2015, two superminis gave the same overall safety performance. The Honda Jazz and the Suzuki Vitara were neck and neck overall, one car edging the other in one or other part of the assessment.  However, the Jazz is Euro NCAP’s Best in Class, based on Honda’s fitment strategy for advanced safety systems.

The VW Touran was the best performing small MPV; The Ford Galaxy/S-MAX just beat the Renault Espace for top place in the large MPV category. Finally, last year Euro NCAP has paid special attention to the roadsters, a category of relatively expensive cars but for which the importance of safety is often downplayed by vehicle manufacturers. None of the tested roadsters could achieve 5 stars, lacking new avoidance technology in particular. Nevertheless, with 4 stars, the Mazda MX-5 is the best in its category. 

2016 brings new challenges as Euro NCAP introduces an assessment of AEB Pedestrian systems. Some cars, mostly in the premium sectors, already have this technology and should be well placed to lead the ever-improving safety of tomorrow’s car fleet.

For more information please click here.

 

 

 

Related news, events and information

Europe’s Safest Fleet Car?

27 February 2018 – The Volvo XC60 has won a number of awards in the few short months since it became available. This week it has...

Euro NCAP - toughest safety tests to date

26 April 2018 – Euro NCAP continues to set the agenda with new, more demanding challenges on safety technology to help protect...

EuroNCAP: Best in class cars 2017

11 January 2018 – Story from News Press 2017 was Euro NCAP's busiest-ever year with nearly seventy models assessed and now it...

Pedestrian AEB comes out top

16 January 2017 – All ten finalists in this year’s What Car? Safety Award featured Pedestrian Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)...

Life Saving Car Testing celebrates 20th anniversary

2 February 2017 – As Euro NCAP celebrates its 20th anniversary we should acknowledge its contribution to saving 182,000 killed...

EuroNCAP Results

31 August 2016 – Euro NCAP is committed to providing reliable, comprehensive and timely consumer information on the safety of...

Latest Euro NCAP safety test results

9 November 2017 – Euro NCAP has published the safety ratings of eight new vehicles: Volvo XC60, Volkswagen T-Roc, Škoda...

Latest Euro NCAP safety ratings

1 December 2016 – Euro NCAP has published its last round of safety ratings for 2016. The Audi Q2, Hyundai Ioniq, Ford Edge,...

Euro NCAP Launches Road Map 2025 - In Pursuit of Vision Zero

13 September 2017 – Since its establishment in 1997, Euro NCAP has been the catalyst for significant and sustained advances in...