The 2018 Toyota Vios has been awarded a five-star rating from the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP). The result obtained by the new Thai-made Vios – for the Singapore market – is also applicable to its twin model, the Yaris Ativ, which has been developed specifically for the Thai market.

Evaluated under ASEAN NCAP’s 2017-2020 protocol, the Vios obtained an overall score of 81.63 points, accumulated from the following scores: 44.70 points for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 21.66 points for Child Occupant Protection (COP) and 15.28 points for its Safety Assist Technologies (SAT) result.

It’s an improvement from the last time the model was evaluated, back in December 2012 as part of ASEAN NCAP’s first phase of crash testing. Then, the Vios received a four-star rating for its AOP and two-stars for its COP safety.

The Yaris Ativ has comparable occupant protection, the difference being that it comes with a smaller 1.2 litre engine to comply with Thailand’s eco-car policy. Safety kit on the Vios and Yaris Ativ include seven airbags – standard across all variants – as well as ESC, ABS and Isofix/top tether mounting points.

Aside from the Vios, ASEAN NCAP also officially released three other results for its fourth quarter 2017 series of crash tests at an announcement event held by MIROS today. The four vehicles evaluated form the second set of results obtained under the new 2017-2020 protocol.

Other models that were tested in this set were the 2018 Perodua Myvi as well as two light commercial vehicle models, the Chery Transcab and Suzuki Carry, which are not sold in our market.

The new Myvi’s results are already known, having been published last month – to recap, the car was awarded a five-star rating, applicable to all variants of the five-door hatch that are on sale. The automaker received its ASEAN NCAP five-star certificate at the MIROS event today.

It’s the nameplate’s third ASEAN NCAP assessment – it was first tested in 2013, where it received a three-star rating for both AOP and COP. Its second assessment was in 2014, and the result was an improved four-star rating for its AOP, although its COP remained unchanged.

As for the Chery Transcab and Suzuki Carry, which are available in several countries in the region, they’re the first light commercial vehicles to be evaluated by ASEAN NCAP. Under the 2017-2020 protocol, the Chery Transcab got a zero-star rating, with an overall score of 17.04 points.

Only a side impact assessment under the AOP category was carried out, the Transcab’s single cab (with no rear passenger compartment) precluding a COP test. Also, because the Transcab doesn’t offer any active safety features, no scores were given under the SAT category.

The Suzuki Carry model fared little better, scoring 17.14 points and also receiving a zero-star rating. It also scored points only for its AOP domain, but unlike the Transcab, the Carry only received points for its frontal offside test. Again, no COP and SAT scores were registered.

2018 Toyota Vios ASEAN NCAP crash test results

2018 Perodua Myvi ASEAN NCAP crash test results
Chery Transcab ASEAN NCAP crash test results
Suzuki Carry ASEAN NCAP crash test results