Lexus NX, Renault Megane and the Volkswagen Polo and Taigo, reach the maximum score – five stars – in the first Euro NCAP crash test series of 2022. One star less for the BMW 2 Series Coupé. The Lexus NX, available in petrol and plug-in hybrids, is the queen of this test series, having achieved five stars and high scores in all tests. Excellent performance of the driving assistance systems. The only critical point: the marginal protection of the driver’s chest in the event of a frontal impact. Maximum score also for the new 100% electric Renault Megane E-Tech. Complete the range of driving assistance systems. Minor problems in the protection of: the driver’s chest and children’s neck in the event of a frontal impact; neck of front passengers in the event of a rear-end collision. The Volkswagen Polo, in the natural gas version, also wins 5 stars, performing very well in all tests. The evaluation is also identical for the petrol versions. Excellent protection for adults on board. It completes the range of driver assistance systems. The only critical points: the marginal protection in the protection of the head and chest of children.
The Volkswagen Taigo – the “twin” model of the Polo – also won 5 stars, evaluated in the versions with petrol engines.
Taigo and Polo, in fact, share the chassis and have the same equipment of driver assistance systems. Through some additional tests, Euro NCAP verified that the results of the Polo could also be applied to the Taigo. Four stars, however, for the BMW 2 Series Coupé, in versions with diesel and petrol engines. Good assessments in all tests, adequate and complete the provision of driving assistance systems. The German did not reach the maximum score due to the marginal protection of the child’s head in the event of a frontal impact, and the evaluations of the ADAS systems of recognition of the cyclist and of the lane maintenance system. “This year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Euro NCAP tests. In this first series of 2022 tests it is important to highlight the growing commitment to safety adopted by manufacturers on new models” said Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of the Automobile Club of ‘Italy. “The level of passive protection of all vehicles is good, the small differences all affect the level of equipment and the performance of the driver assistance systems”.