Having looked at all passenger cars available right now, the judges gave the win to the Toyota Prius — helped by a consistently high score in all of the areas Euro NCAP tests, as well as some truly innovative safety technology.
The Prius’s reverse AEB system is what tipped the scores in Toyota’s favour, as it could not only save you money, but potentially lives as well.
The fact that you can now drive one of the safest cars around for less than €250 a month only sweetens the deal.
THE PRIUS HAS the highest overall Euro NCAP score of any car tested in 2016, which is a great start.
The judges were particularly impressed with the Prius’s reverse AEB system, which comes as standard on most models. The system can detect objects — whether that be pedestrians or other cars — behind the Prius. This helps when reversing out of a tight parking space, and could stop accidents, because a quarter of all crashes in the UK involve reversing. When Euro NCAP tested the car, they awarded this AEB system maximum points.
The Prius is also best of the finalists for pedestrian protection, with the front bumper scoring top marks.
Like the other two finalists, the Prius also comes with lane keeping assistance, which falls under the umbrella of Toyota’s Safety Shield. Not only can it warn you if the car strays out of line, it can also provide steering inputs if you fail to react.
The Prius gets road sign recognition, which displays the current speed limit to the driver, and issues a warning sound if you stray above the limit. Every Prius also comes with adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam assistance.
The panel said the fact that so much safety technology is being fitted across the Prius range means buyers are getting real value for money.