The new Toyota C-HR crossover has achieved a top five-star rating in benchmark testing by the independent safety organisation Euro NCAP.
The stringent assessment rated the quality of the protection provided for driver, adult and child occupants in the event of an accident as excellent, and the performance of Toyota C-HR’s active safety features as very good.
Euro NCAP’s report commended the Toyota C-HR for its performance in frontal offset crash testing, where the model achieved maximum points in both the side barrier and the more severe side pole impact. The performance reflects the fundamental strength of the car’s Toyota New Global Architecture-based platform and body, which make good use of strategic reinforcements and high-strength steels to absorb and channel impact forces away from the cabin.
In line with Toyota’s commitment to making advanced safety equipment widely available, all versions of Toyota C-HR are equipped as standard with Toyota Safety Sense. This suite of active safety systems includes a Pre-Collision System with pedestrian recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with steering control, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist.
The Pre-Collision System scored maximum points when tested at low, urban traffic speeds, and collisions were avoided at all test speeds. The level of protection from Toyota Safety Sense was also shown to be good at motorway speed, and when approaching a slower-moving car, a collision was avoided at all test speeds. The pedestrian recognition function also proved its effectiveness, with an impact avoided at all low test speeds; at higher speeds impacts were avoided or mitigated.
Karl Schlicht, Toyota Motor Europe Executive Vice President for Sales, said: “These very good safety results, particularly in active safety, show that the Toyota C-HR has much more to offer than an outstanding style. Our aim was to make [Toyota] C-HR dynamically fun and safe to drive.
“Safety is and will remain very important in our product development. Toyota Safety Sense is a major step towards safer cars and it is now rolled-out to our entire line-up, including being made standard on the new 2017 Yaris.”
Toyota C-HR achieved an excellent 95 per cent score for overall adult occupant protection; 77 per cent for child occupants; 76 per cent for pedestrian protection performance; and 78 per cent for safety assist performance.