Euro NCAP has just released its latest crash safety report, revealing four models which scored a full five star rating. The quartet is comprised of the Lexus ES, W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Hyundai Nexo and the updated Mazda 6. The scores represent some of the highest ratings Euro NCAP has awarded in 2018.

The A-Class is by far the most impressive with a score of 96% in the overall adult occupant protection, whereas the scores for overall child occupant and pedestrians/cyclists are 91% and 92% respectively. The car’s safety assist test scored 72% – Euro NCAP considers its lane keeping assist system ‘Adequate’ and ‘Marginal’ in its operation. However, it’s worth noting that the variant on test was the A 180 d – Euro NCAP has yet to award the rest of the range with the five star rating.

On the other hand, all variants of the Lexus ES, Hyundai Nexo and Mazda 6 (including both sedan and touring body styles) were awarded the full five star rating. The ES scored 91% in the overall adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupant, 90% for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as 77% in the safety assist test.

Hyundai, in continuing its impressive crash safety run, received 94% in the adult occupant protection category with the Nexo. The hydrogen fuel cell EV also scored an overall 87% in the child occupant category, 67% for pedestrian and cyclist category (due to its high bonnet line and steep A-pillars) and 77% for vehicle safety assist.

Lastly, the Mazda 6 scored 95% for adult occupant, 91% for child occupant, 66% for pedestrian and cyclist (also due to the sharp edge of the bonnet) and 73% in the safety assist test.