Two of Volkswagen’s latest models – the Taigo and the updated Polo – have been awarded a full five stars in the first round of Euro NCAP’s safety tests for 2022. 

Both models were praised for their variety of crash avoidance systems, as well as centre airbags which help to protect occupants. 

The Lexus NX was also handed a full five stars, with the new model – which is available as both a regular and plug-in hybrid – praised across the board. Euro NCAP did note, however, that Lexus didn’t provide all of the technical information that is usually shared during these tests. 

Renault’s new Megane E-Tech EV was also included in the new round of crash tests. As one of Renault’s latest models, it’s packed with safety equipment and restraint systems which helped it to score a full five stars. 

The new BMW 2 Series faltered somewhat in this round of examinations – just missing a five-star rating with four stars – with its protection for vulnerable road users was deemed ‘satisfactory’. Its autonomous emergency braking system was also found to work ‘adequately’ in regular situations, though was hampered when tasked with more ‘challenging’ scenarios. 

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general, said: “It’s good to start the anniversary year with some high-performing cars.  Euro NCAP has been setting the standard for car safety for twenty-five years.  The next ten will bring huge challenges, with assisted and automated driving very much at the forefront of the changes ahead.  

“Our focus on ADAS – advanced driver assistance systems – over the last ten years or so makes us well-placed to rate these new aspects of vehicle technology and to continue to provide key information to car buyers in the future.”

Volkswagen’s ID.5 electric SUV was also awarded five stars in the new round of tests, as was Ford’s new Tourneo Connect.