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Three-star result for Urban Cruiser sparks protest from Toyota

Toyota is disputing the test methods of safety organisation Euro NCAP after the Urban Cruiser was given a disappointing three-star rating.

The Toyota Urban Cruiser was particularly criticised by Euro NCAP for its Adult Occupant Protection capabilities, for which it scored just 58 per cent.

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Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP's secretary general said, "The result from Toyota is disappointing. Consumers should always check when looking to buy new car and not make presumptions about a vehicle's safety performance due to the brand it carries."

However, Toyota is disputing Euro NCAP's test methods. A spokesman said, "Toyota gives priority to building cars that are as safe as possible.

"In 2009, we received a five-star rating for all three new cars that were evaluated by Euro NCAP (iQ, Avensis and Prius).

"We are therefore very surprised that the Urban Cruiser received only a three-star rating from Euro NCAP. As with any other Toyota vehicle, we had submitted the Urban Cruiser to rigorous in-house tests, which indicated that it would secure a five-star rating.

"We are currently investigating the Euro NCAP result in detail, in order to understand why there is a difference between our Toyota assessment and Euro NCAP's rating.

"Together with other car makers, we are also discussing with Euro NCAP certain aspects of their evaluation methodology, which might also explain why the rating is lower than we expected.

"The three-star rating for the Urban Cruiser has been triggered by the "pole side impact" test. During this assessment, the dummy head area deceleration slightly exceeded the demand value of Euro NCAP.

"There is a difference of opinion between us and Euro NCAP on a technical matter, namely peak acceleration of the head area in the Pole Side Impact test.

"Our in-house tests, which are designed to meet the highest safety requirements, indicated that the protection provided by the head curtain airbag would be in line with a five-star Euro NCAP rating.

"Once again, we remain fully convinced that Urban Cruiser is a safe car."

Euro NCAP released results for 10 cars in total. The results were:

BMW X1 – Five starsChevrolet Cruze – Five starsChevrolet Spark – Four starsCitroen DS – Five starsInfiniti FX – Five starsMazda 3 – Five starsMercedes-Benz E-Class – Five starsVauxhall Astra – Five starsPeugeot 5008 – Five starsToyota Urban Cruiser – Three starsVolkswagen Scirocco – Five stars


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The Toyota Urban Cruiser is a slightly odd city car that's dull to drive, despite some good engines and a funky exterior

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Mini1 19 May 2010

Re: Toyota disputes NCAP testing

beachland2 wrote:
i do love small cars though, perhaps you bias is in favour of larger vehicles.
I like small cars too, it's funny how people seem to snigger at small cars, as if they're not worthy of being cars.

Lee23404 19 May 2010

Re: Toyota disputes NCAP testing

beachland2 wrote:

the IQ is the best looking car on sale in the world for under £30k

Ha, ha. Thanks Beachy you've cheered me up with that one!

fhp11 19 May 2010

Re: Toyota disputes NCAP testing

beachland2 wrote:
the IQ is the best looking car on sale in the world for under £30k

TO be honest, it really is. But only when you exclude every other car on sale for under 30K and let it compete only against itself.

It barely deserves the name "car". Surely at some point we will begin calling these small obscure vehicles something other than cars. Becuase they really arent cars.