Toyota iQ and Avensis Receive 5-Star Euro NCAP Safety Rating

Small car fans are frequently mocked for driving around in cars that look about as safe as sitting on a stool in the middle of a golf driving range. Toyota is trying to change that perception.

The incredibly small Toyota iQ received a five-star crash safety rating from the Euro NCAP. The iQ's larger stable mate, the Avensis, also received a five-star rating.

Ratings were given out based on a new weighted score, which breaks down several different crash safety factors. Adult protection is weighted the highest, accounting for 50% of the score, with child and pedestrian ptotection each taking 20%. The final 10% is based on driver assist systems, like lane departure, that are installed as standard equipment. A minimum of 70 out of 100 is needed for a five-star rating.

The smallest four-seater available, the Toyota iQ scored 79, while the Avensis reached 81. Toyota points out that the iQ comes standard with anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, traction control, and nine airbags. One of these is the first ever rear-window curtain shield air bag. Avensis also adds adaptive cruise control, lane assist, lane departure warnings, and a pre-crash system.

Deliveries of the Toyota iQ began this year. Toyota expects to sell 100,000 units of the car this year.

Source: Toyota

Toyota iQ and Avensis Achieve Top Euro NCAP Safety Rating

* Tiny iQ gets top score for safety
* New Avensis achieves 81% overall weighted score, iQ 79%
* New rating scheme introduced by Euro NCAP

The Toyota iQ may be the smallest four-seater car on the market, but is also one of the safest according to new independent crash testing results from Euro NCAP.

Euro NCAP, which has developed a new rating scheme which focuses on the vehicle's overall protection performance, awarded the tiny traffic buster 5-stars. iQ's British-built big brother, the new Avensis, also earned a 5-star rating.

The new rating scheme uses a weighted score, combining all aspects of a car's safety performance: adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results with the availability of driver assistance devices (10%). A minimum score of 70% overall is necessary to achieve a 5-star rating. To qualify for inclusion, the devices must be fitted, as standard across 85% of the EU 27 2009 model range.

Despite its compact urban-friendly dimensions, the iQ makes no compromises in the fields of active and passive safety, achieving a remarkable overall weighted score of 79%. Every iQ features as standard, nine airbags - including a world-first, rear window curtain shield airbag, Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control.

The new Avensis's overall weighted score of 81% highlights the new Toyota's comprehensive levels of active and passive safety technology, which include a pre-crash system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

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mc959 mc959
@ honest1 Yes, but with only 3 adults, and the last seat down you got 2x more space then in your Smart, and honestly you can't compare both cars, cause the Smart feels like your driving in a Toy-car, as for the IQ, you think your driving in a big-car, do a test-drive and then you can give some comments. i'm an ex-Smart driver, and now a happy IQ-driver
Feb 20th, 2009 5:47pm
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tickleme tickleme
Just don't anybody fart in this little car. I'd rather be in my Tundra.
Feb 20th, 2009 9:32am
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giga-games giga-games
is this proved with 80km/h?
Feb 20th, 2009 5:00am
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pchsh02 pchsh02
Impressive. But the design of it is too wild.. personally
Feb 20th, 2009 2:36am
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Honest1 Honest1
On looks I would still go for the Smart Fortwo. I have Sat in one of these already. Yes you may get 3 Adults in and a baby. But there is no room for anything else. "And i mean no more room". Maybe roof bars are on the options list ??
Feb 20th, 2009 1:25am
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jagervw jagervw
too bad its so fugly...the iQ...Go-Bot frog
Feb 20th, 2009 1:25am
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mechamynd mechamynd
It's safer than most of SUVs and Pick-Ups. Very impressing...
Feb 20th, 2009 12:25am
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