EuroNCAP has released the first findings of the year, which include seven car safety ratings. The fully electric Renault Megane E-Tech, Lexus NX, freshly facelifted VW Polo, and VW Taigo all received five stars, while the BMW 2-Series received four.
Other results were taken over from the previous testing of sibling vehicles, with the five-star VW ID.5 electric coupe-SUV gaining the ID.4's scores and the five-star Ford Tourneo Connect passenger van built on the light commercial vehicle receiving similar result as the VW Caddy.
In the BMW 2-Series Coupe, the only car in this category to receive a lower rating than five stars, the automatic emergency braking system proved to be its undoing. The two-door BMW received a four-star rating with 82 % in adult protection, 81% in child protection, 67% in vulnerable road users, and 64% in safety assist.
EuroNCAP applauded VW for incorporating center airbags and improved ADAS in the Polo supermini's recent facelift, awarding it a five-star rating with 94 % for adult protection, 80% for child protection, 70% for vulnerable road users, and 70% for safety aid.
Due to its specific coupe-SUV body style, the technically similar VW Taigo scored higher in kid protection with 84% and vulnerable road users with 71%.
The new Renault Megane E-Tech, which received five stars, was the polar opposite of the older Renault Zoe, which earned zero stars in December. The electric small crossover from Renault received an overall score of 85% for adult protection, 88% for kid protection, 65% for vulnerable road users, and 79% for safety assist, demonstrating good ADAS performance.
While the Lexus NX, which shares its platform with the Toyota RAV4, played brilliantly in the actual tests (83% for adult protection, 87% for child protection, 83% for vulnerable road users, and 91% for safety assist), EuroNCAP claimed that Lexus technicians failed to give them access all technical details, having left a careless perception that is unusual for a Toyota brand. The five-star rating for both the ICE-powered and Plug-in Hybrid models was unaffected by this.