The mid-size SUV and family hatchback both received five stars, with both vehicles receiving strong marks across the board. In particular, both models scored very highly for adult occupant protection.
In that area, the Corolla received a 95-percent score, with protection rated ‘good’ or ‘adequate’ for every part of the dummy ‘bodies’. The car scored well for child protection, too, managing an 84-percent rating and achieving full marks in the side barrier test. Pedestrian protection, meanwhile, was rated at 86 percent, while the safety assistance features were given a 77-percent score.
The RAV4 scored similarly well, earning a 93-percent rating for adult occupant protection after every aspect was deemed either ‘good’ or ‘adequate’. And the RAV4 outscored its smaller sibling in the child occupant protection stakes, earning an 87 percent score. In pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems, however, it scored almost identically, earning 85 percent for the former and 77 percent for the latter.
In a statement, Toyota said: “These achievements demonstrate the success of Toyota’s commitment to car safety, which sits at the heart of its mission to make ever-better cars. Toyota ensures that the benefits of advanced safety technologies are not limited to high-end, high-specification models, but are made available across the board, maximising their potential to make driving safer.”
Gallery: Toyota RAV4, Euro NCAP crash test
The two Toyotas were among seven vehicles tested in the latest round of Euro NCAP tests, which saw all seven cars manage five-star ratings. Joining the RAV4 and Corolla in the five-star club was sister brand Lexus’ new UX small SUV, which managed 96 percent in the adult occupant protection test, while the VW T-Cross managed an even better 97-percent score in the same test. Audi’s e-tron electric SUV scored highly, too, but the family hatchbacks stole the show. The Renault Clio managed a 96-percent rating for adult occupant protection, while the new Mazda3 hit 98 percent.
"It is encouraging to see that all manufacturers did well, regardless of type of powertrain or class of vehicle tested,” said Michiel van Ratingen, the secretary general of Euro NCAP. “New cars on the market continue to offer more advanced technology as standard, systems that were not even considered an option a few years ago. Vehicle manufacturers must respond on all levels to consumers expectations, but adding more safety is often challenged by market conditions. Despite this, we see the latest state of the art safety technology being made standard on many of Europe’s best-selling family cars.”