For a five-star rating a car must achieve a minimum of 80% for Adult Occupant, 60% for Child Occupant, 60% for Pedestrian Protection and 65% for Safety Assist.
The new Lexus IS has scored five-stars in the latest Euro NCAP awards, scoring 91% for Adult Occupant, 85% for Child Occupant, 80% for Pedestrian Protection and 66% for Safety Assist.
For a five-star rating a car must achieve a minimum of 80% for Adult Occupant, 60% for Child Occupant, 60% for Pedestrian Protection and 65% for Safety Assist. Therefore the new IS has done particularly well.
Commenting on the Adult Occupant category, Euro NCAP highlighted the maximum points scored by the IS in the side barrier impact test, the good protection offered by the driver and front passenger knee airbags, and the high level of protection against whiplash injuries.
In the Child Occupant tests, the IS scored maximum points for the protection it provided to both the 18 month and 3 year infants.
The Lexus IS scored highly in the Pedestrian Protection category scoring 80%, helped by it's newly developed pop-up bonnet. Cleverly sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the bonnet to provide greater clearance to the hard structures underneath. This system can detect pedestrians of different statures over a range of speeds.
The IS comes with 8 SRS airbags as standard including both driver and front passenger SRS knee airbags and can specified with a number of safety options including Pre-Collision System (PCS), Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) headlamp system, Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS).
Prices start at £26,495 for the entry level IS 250 SE – and go up to £58,416 for the IS F.Published 5 September 2013