The fourth generation Toyota Prius is the first car to receive the maximum 5 stars of the Euro NCAP tests for 2016. The tests are similar to last year’s, but already include assessment for additional safety systems.
In the case of the new Toyota Prius, safety technology is included in the Toyota Safety Sense package, which is part of the standard equipment of the model. It includes a system that monitors pedestrians and cars by applying autonomous braking effort in a possible collision. It also includes an adaptive autopilot with a headlight tracking function as well as headlamps that switch automatically from short to high lights and vice versa.
Equipped with standard car security systems, it has managed to meet the requirements of a maximum rating of 5 stars. The result in the category of adult protection in the passenger compartment is 92%, the assessment for the protection of the children in the passenger compartment is 82% and the protection for the pedestrians – 77%. In the “security systems” category, the hybrid achieves a score of 85%.
“Prius offers good protection for all critical areas of the body and achieves the maximum rating for autonomous emergency braking,” according to Euro NCAP.
Simultaneously with the Toyota Prius the test is also subjected to Suzuki Baleno. In this case, however, the model has two ratings – one for the base version and one for the modification, equipped with the security systems offered against payment. In the first case, the result of Baleno is 3 stars, and in the second, where an autonomous emergency braking system is available, the rating is already 4 stars.