ROME – With the new year the appointment with the Euro NCAP report cards on the safest cars of 2021 arrives on time. In 2021 the institute tested 33 vehicles, 22 of which obtained the highest rating of 5 stars and no critical security theme. They are the candidates for the “Best in Class” award, divided into five categories. The absolute protagonist is the Mercedes EQS electric sedan, the best in the “Executive Car” and “Pure Electric” categories. It just overtook the second placed Polestar-2, which was also judged to be at the top in terms of safety.
In the “Small Off-Road” category, the Nissan Qashqai wins after collecting outstanding marks on active safety. The award in the “Large-Off Road” category goes to Skoda’s first fully electric SUV, the Enyaq iV. The Toyota Yaris Cross took first place in the “Small MPV” category, while the Skoda Fabia was voted the best “Small Family Car”.
Euro NCAP Secretary General Michiel van Ratingen said: “2021 was a difficult year for the automotive industry: the shortage of components, especially semiconductors, was the sting that came in the tail of the Covid crisis, which influenced on development, production and sales times. However, we have many new models coming to market, mostly electric or hybrid, capable of achieving five stars despite demanding requirements. “