EVs and hybrids get 5-star Euro NCAP results

Published:  05 November, 2021

EVs and hybrids get 5-star Euro NCAP results
EVs and hybrids from mainstream car manufacturers all achieved high scores in recent Euro NCAP testing. The Mustang Mach-E, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 the Hyundai Tucson and the Toyota Yaris Cross hybrid all received five-stars, while the Hyundai Bayon achieved four-stars.

Commenting on the Mustang Mach-E’s performance, Matthew Avery, Chief Strategic Research Officer at Thatcham Research commented: “It is positive to see a mainstream brand like Ford contributing to the EV safety narrative, proving that EVs are just as safe as ICE vehicles and a good choice of family car. This well-rated EV is a good, safe choice for families and represents a great start for Ford in paving the way for its future Mustang EV range.”

Commenting on the Hyundai offerings, Matthew said, “The Hyundai Ioniq 5 sets a strong safety precedent for the brand.”

The Hyundai Bayon, which achieved four-stars in Euro NCAP testing, is based on a vehicle already available outside Europe, where testing standards are lower. Matthew added: “The Hyundai Bayon performed solidly in testing; however, it is disappointing to see the car dropping points in some areas. The lack of a lateral impact airbag specifically, as Hyundai were one of the first manufacturers to fit this important passive safety feature to its vehicles and it is present in both the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Tucson.”

On the Toyota Yaris Cross Matthew concluded: “This vehicle is a good option for those that don’t want to commit to something fully electric, but still want a very safe vehicle from a known manufacturer. The Yaris is also aimed at the more affordable end of the market yet does not sacrifice any Euro NCAP stars or compromise on safety in any way, despite being less expensive than other hybrid or fully electric vehicles.”

The majority of dedicated EVs tested throughout 2021 have achieved top Euro NCAP ratings.

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