The Toyota iQ may be the smallest four-seater car on the market,
but is also one of the safest according to new independent crash
testing results from Euro NCAP.
Euro NCAP, which has developed a new rating scheme which focuses
on the vehicle’s overall protection performance, awarded the
tiny traffic buster 5-stars. iQ’s British-built big brother, the
new Avensis, also earned a 5-star rating.
The new rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining all
aspects of a car’s safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%)
and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the
availability of driver assistance devices (10%). A minimum score
of 70% overall is necessary to achieve a 5-star rating. To
qualify for inclusion, the devices must be fitted, as standard
across 85% of the EU 27 2009 model range.
Despite its compact urban-friendly dimensions, the iQ makes no
compromises in the fields of active and passive safety,
achieving a remarkable overall weighted score of 79%. Every iQ
features as standard, nine airbags – including a world-first,
rear window curtain shield airbag, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS),
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability
Control (VSC) and Traction Control.
The new Avensis’s overall weighted score of 81% highlights the
new Toyota’s comprehensive levels of active and passive safety
technology, which include a pre-crash system, adaptive cruise
control, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.