Euro NCAP has released the top-five highest scoring cars among those it tested in 2009. All in the list are five-star rated cars, seperated only by their scores. The safest car it tested in 2009 is the Mk6 Volkswagen Golf, followed by two hybrid cars – the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. In fourth place is the Hyundai i20 while there are three joint winners for fifth place – the Toyota Avensis, Volvo XC60 and the Opel/Vauxhall Astra.

In 2009, Euro NCAP crash tested 33 car models, using up to a total of three cars, three front seats, four child seats and an array of spare parts per model. To achieve the overall rating, the car is usually put through four crash tests, a component test and is assessed by an inspector who considers tests results and the safety equipment and features of the car. In 2009, upon the request of the manufacturer Euro NCAP also considered results from vehicles crash-tested in 2007/2008 and carried out the necessary tests and assessment to upgrade them to a result applicable under the new rating scheme.

In 2010, the threshold to achieve Euro NCAP’s maximum five stars rises from 75% to 80% in Adult Occupant Protection and from 70% to 75% in Child Occupant Protection. The threshold for Pedestrian Protection rises to 40%. Euro NCAP’s poorest results of the year were achieved by the Suzuki Alto and the Toyota Urban Cruiser, both receiving three stars.

View the score chart after the jump.

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