Lexus CT 200h - 5 stars rating from Euro NCAP [video]
Lexus CT 200h is highly appreciated vehicle. However, it is not ran out of trumps. The hatchback achieved a top 5-star rating from Euro NCAP with an overall score of 83 per cent, well above the benchmark for gaining the top ranking.
The rating is a sum from several tests: adult and child occupant protection, pedestrian safety and "safety assist" performance. You can check the CT 200h's performance in each category is shown in the table below.
|Adult occupant||Child occupant||Pedestrian||Safety assist||Total|
|Normalised score (%)||94||84||55||86||83|
|5-star rating requirement||80||75||40||60||75|
The car achieved excellent result in rear impact protection testing, thanks to Lexus's second generation WIL (whiplash injury lessening) seat technology. It also offers great protection, when there is a side impact. The headrests on the front WIL seats are designed to sit as close as possible to the occupant's head in normal use. If a rear impact occurs, the torso sinks into the seat, closing any gap between the head and headrest, thus reducing the risk of whiplash.
In other important areas like child occupant and pedestrian protection category, CT 200h had also great results.
All is thanks to a highly rigid, impact-absorbing bodyshell and a comprehensive range of active, passive and pedestrian impact features that provide the best possible safety performance in all driving scenarios. Furthermore, it is the only car in its class to feature driver and front passenger airbags as standard.
Lexus CT 200h can also be specified with an optional Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system. It detects an imminent collision and primes the front seatbelts and emergency braking to reduce the risk of injury and damage. If an impact becomes inevitable, it will also automatically apply the brakes. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) can be also specified. It uses the same millimetre-wave radar system as PCS to automatically maintain a safe distance from the car ahead.
Last, but not least, CT 200h comes with Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration (ECB-R), which incorporates ABS, Brake Assist (BA), Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC).