The last NCAP crash test ratings of 2016 are in, with two-tier ratings for models in their entry-level and safest forms

The Audi Q2, Ford Edge and Hyundai Ioniq have scored the top result in NCAP’s final round of crash tests in 2016, while the Suzuki Ignis and Ssangyong Tivoli scored three stars with their standard safety equipment.

Under the new procedures, the Suzuki Ignis and Ssangyong Tivoli, as well as the stretched XLV version of the Tivoli, scored three stars when fitted with their standard safety equipment. A Ssangyong spokesman pointed out that automatic emergency braking (AEB) will come as standard on the 2017 model year Tivoli and XLV, which will arrive in the UK next month. 

When tested with their full packs of optional extra safety equipment, the Suzuki Ignis achieved a five-star rating, and the Ssangyong models four-star ratings. This was down to the addition of a lane assist system and AEB on the Ignis. The Ssangyongs only get AEB, keeping them from achieving the top rating.

The Ioniq, Hyundai’s first hybrid or electric-only model, matched the Toyota Prius’s five-star rating, although it scored between 1% and 7% worse than the Prius in the adult and child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist scores. The Prius is the leading car in NCAP’s Hybrid & Electric Vehicles category.

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Compared to NCAP's best Small Off-Road vehicle, the Audi Q2 scored 93%, 86%, 70% and 70% across the four categories, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC scored 95%, 89%, 82% and 71%.

The safest car NCAP has tested to date is the Volvo XC90, which achieved scores of 97%, 87% 72% and 100% in the adult and child occupant, pedestrian and safety assist scores respectively. The Ford Edge, which scored 85%, 76%, 67% and 89% across the same categories, is in the same Large Off-Road category as the XC90, although the en price of the XC90 is more than £17,000 higher than the Edge's. 

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2 December 2016
Well that seems like a good idea. Good to see the difference between base and top spec cars. I just wish they could differentiate better between the various changes of tests. A 5 star car from 3 years ago does not mean it is a 5 star car in the current test. It could be easily done for consumers, by simply changing the colours of the stars for example.

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