Euro NCAP reveals ‘Best in Class Cars of 2016’ list – Hyundai Ioniq, Toyota Prius, Volkswagen Tiguan

The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has bestowed three cars with the ‘Best in Class’ award for performing best in their respective categories. In 2016, the Toyota Prius won the honour in the ‘Large Family Car’ category; the Hyundai Ioniq in the ‘Small Family Car’ category; and the VW Tiguan in the ‘Small Off-Roader’ category.

This year, the safety testing was further expanded to include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology for pedestrians. The safety assessment programme also introduced a ‘dual rating’ system, where in addition to a star rating (one to five) indicating the safety of a car with only standard safety equipment, a second rating highlights the benefits of optional safety equipment.

The scheme was used for competitive segments (superminis, small family cars and pick-ups) where affordability meant some trim levels would miss out on advanced driver assistance technologies. The second rating therefore is method to “encourage broader fitment of these systems across all types of vehicles,” according to Euro NCAP.

However, the ‘Best in Class’ award is based only on cars with standard safety equipment, calculating the weighted sum of the scores in each of the four areas of assessment: adult occupant, child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist. On a side note, the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class performed well but because it was the only car tested in the ‘Executive Car’ category, it cannot be awarded ‘Best in Class’.

Focusing on the winners, the fourth-generation Prius was the first car to undergo the updated testing regime, where its Toyota Safety Sense suite performed admirably, managing to recognise and avoid or mitigate potential crashes with pedestrians. In numbers, the Prius managed to score 92% in the adult occupant test, 82% in the child occupant test, 77% in the pedestrian test and 85% in safety assist.

Meanwhile, the Ioniq scored 91% in the adult occupant test, 80% in the child occupant test, 70% in the pedestrian test and 82% in safety assist. Launched recently in Malaysia as a hybrid, the Ioniq in its range-topping HEV Plus guise gets a comprehensive safety suite, including AEB, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Monitor as well as Smart Cruise Control.

Finally, the Volkswagen Tiguan tested in June this year, won the award in the ‘Small Off-Roader’ category by scoring 96% in the adult occupant test, 84% in the child occupant test, 72% in the pedestrian test and 68% in safety assist. Standard safety equipment on the European-spec Tiguan include AEB (city and inter-urban), seven airbags, as well as a lane assist system.

The second-generation SUV was spotted in Malaysia recently, and could be a locally assembled model from Pekan, Pahang. Riding on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the Tiguan may be significantly larger than its predecessor but it is also up to 50 kg lighter as well.

Toyota Prius

Hyundai Ioniq
Volkswagen Tiguan

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Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Kunta bin Kinte on Dec 15, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    What a shocker. Hyundai can win so many awards. Mind you, Hyundai just started 10 years earlier than Proton.

    And yet Hyundai can sell 9 million cars globally. Proton can only sell 57,000 cars locally. And yet, bulk of that 57,000 is bought by our Government as a “sedekah” to help Proton and keep it alive.

    Proton should learn from Hyundai. Where is our Hybrid and where is our EV? Malaysians waiting 8 years now for our Hybrid since Proton announced 8 years ago.

    Malu betul. We should have our own Proton Ionic. Where is all the money going? The billions in loans? Where is it going?

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    • moolah on Dec 15, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      Standard one student comment…..

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    • kzm (Member) on Dec 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Why are u still asking half dead car company to produce hybrid let alone EV? Ask them to close lar..

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    • China Dah Mari on Dec 15, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Now that China is going to help implementing Project A-Z in Malaysia, Proton should learn from China Man on how to make cars LOL…..

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    • Robinhood on Dec 16, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Don’t expect a spoon-fed child to learn to hunt. Only if you leave them in hunger, they are forced to learn to survive. Unfortunately, our govt. is too kind or is there a “Prawn hidden behind the rock”???

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      • camtakpro on Dec 22, 2016 at 8:55 am

        Proton is a big proxy for Gov & its relatives for personal pocket money. Proton close shop they all cannot buy Porsche Panamera and Cayenne already.

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  • karam singh on Dec 15, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Europeans are so stupid. Honda civic is the best. Turbocharged and all

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    • Super M on Dec 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      Hello mr you own a Honda civic with torbocharge.

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    • PlaySafeDriveSafe on Dec 16, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Why did you call the Europeans stupid? They are the ones who promote downsizing & turbocharged their engines for mass market cars for better carbon emission, despite the VW dieselgate scandal. Lol. The Japs were a bit late on this, but luckily Honda does realise this. Toyota?

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      • look at Vios and Honda City. both using 1.5 engine and both using CVT gearbox.

        but Vios got EEV status, meaning toyota has good knowledge on how to achieve excellent FC and carbon emission. hybrid and downsizing turbo is not the only way but Toyota does have both. the 1.2 turbo is also used by Corolla hatchback in europe and australia (Auris)

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    • lao yee on Dec 17, 2016 at 3:42 pm

      A stereotype car choices by typical Malaysian doesn’t means it’s the best. It just shown that car is made for average joe like you lolx

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