It comes as no surprise that consumers are interested in the safety performance of their cars.
Euro NCAP have been crash testing vehicles in order to provide accurate - and comparable - safety scores for Adults, Children, Pedestrians and Safety Assist. Browse our New Car Safety Data by model to get all the NCAP Safety information that you need.
An explanation of the Euro NCAP safety rating system
Since 2009, Euro NCAP has only released one overall star rating for each car tested, with a maximum score of five stars.
The overall safety score is made up of ratings in four areas: adult protection, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. Calculating the overall rating is done by weighing the four scores with respect to each other, while making sure that not one area is underachieving.
In essence, the tests have not changed since 2009, other than the addition of a rear impact whiplash protection test. Also, Electronic Stability Control and Speed Limiters are now rewarded along with Seatbelt reminders.
Before 2009, Euro NCAP gave cars three separate ratings in the areas of adult protection, child protection and pedestrian protection, but no overall star rating.
These ratings are the result of the car’s performance when put through a range of impact tests, and pedestrian specific tests, that could cause serious or fatal injury if applied to a real world scenario. It is therefore advisable, when purchasing a car tested before 2009, to consider all three ratings before you make your decision.
Can't find the ratings for your car?
Euro NCAP do not test every new vehicle that comes on the market as they have limited funds. Because they cannot test every car, they aim to test the cars that will have the highest sales figures, this way they are providing helpful information to as many people as possible. Manufacturers can request - and fund - the testing of one of their models, however, the methods used in obtaining the car ensure that it has been built to normal production standards and not been specially prepared for testing. In addition, the manufacturer has no control over the publishing of the results.