The Toyota Yaris inaugurates the new Euro NCAP test procedure
Five stars hands down
With the arrival of new technologies, the Euro NCAP had to modify its tests in order to adapt its rating methods. As a result, the procedures for evaluating cars have evolved and now take into account safety equipment. For the 2020 edition, the frontal crash test has also been revised.
And the car that inaugurates this brand new series of tests is the Toyota Yaris. Despite even stricter criteria, the Japanese city car easily achieves the maximum five-star rating. For adult protection, the Yaris scores a very good 86%. New for 2020, the frontal crash involves another vehicle arriving in front at 50 kph (31 mph).
It is immediately noticeable that the impact is more violent than the previous crash against a deformable barrier at 64 kph (40 mph). The bonnet bends more and the cracks in the windscreen are much more pronounced. The side crash sees its speed increase from 50 to 60 kph (31 to 37 mph), an increase that could make the difference on some models.
The Yaris does very well thanks to a new central airbag that prevents the occupants from bumping into each other. The city car gets a nice 81% for child protection and 78% for pedestrian and cyclist protection. As for driving aids, the little Toyota is not behind with 85%.