Euro NCAP names 2021 safest cars with Mercedes EQS among top winners of the year – car dealer magazine
Euro NCAP kicked off the new year by naming its safest cars of 2021 with the Mercedes-EQ EQS among the top scorers.
Of the 33 cars reviewed by the bodywork last year, 22 were awarded five stars after being thrown into walls and subjected to rigorous testing.
The cars receive a five-star rating based on their crash test performance as well as ratings for various areas such as their safety assist technology and how collisions affect vulnerable road users.
One of the top scorers was the Mercedes-EQ EQS, which won both EV and company vehicle segments.
The German company’s flagship electric vehicle achieved excellent scores of 96% and 91% in the adult and child occupant segments, as well as 80% for safety assistance.
An honorable mention was also awarded to the Polestar 2, which secured second place in these two segments.
Two other EVs dominated the large all-terrain vehicle group, the Skoda Enyaq iV beating the BMW iX.
The feat was made all the more impressive by the fact that the Skoda costs considerably less than the iX, which starts at just under £ 70,000.
The prize in the “Large-Off Road” category goes to Škoda’s first all-electric SUV, the #enyaqiv. The TOYOTA Yaris Cross took first place in the “Small MPV” category and the ŠKODA Fabia was the best “Small family car” @SKODAUK @SKODAUK_Media @skodaweb @ToyotaUK @toyota_europe pic.twitter.com/R60wpRjlkD
– Euro NCAP (@EuroNCAP) January 4, 2022
The Toyota Yaris Cross beat the Volkswagen Caddy in the Small MPV title, while the Nissan Qashqai beat the Volkswagen ID.4 in the Small All Terrain Vehicle title.
Finally, the Skoda Fabia won the small family car, with no announcement of a finalist.
Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary General of Euro NCAP, said: “2021 has been a difficult year for the automotive industry: a shortage of parts, especially semiconductors, has been the spur in the tail of the Covid crisis, affecting development times, production and sales.
“Nonetheless, we have seen a number of new car models come onto the market, many of which are electric or hybrid, and many of them have achieved five stars despite the high standards.
“Well done to the winners as well as to the finalists, some of whom were very close contenders for first place in their respective categories.”