The motor industry has made huge advances in safety in the past few years, but it's Toyota that's built the safest MPV, according to Euro NCAP's test results for 2010.
In March 2010 Toyota's seven-seat compact people carrier was given the top five-star rating for all-round safety performance by Euro NCAP, the industry's benchmark testing organisation. More than that, Toyota Verso achieved the highest combined percentage scores in each test category of any MPV subjected to the independent crash test and assessment programme.
Specifically, the Toyota Verso achieved an 89 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 75 per cent for child occupants, 69 per cent for pedestrian impact performance and 86 per cent for safety assistance.
The results reflect the tough quality of Toyota Verso's design and construction, including detailed features in the front end that help minimise injury risks to pedestrians - features that are gaining increased importance in Euro NCAP's testing calculations. By 2012 a minimum 60 per cent score will be required in this category in order to secure an overall five-star rating - a level Toyota Verso has already comfortably exceeded.
In the UK all versions of Toyota Verso are equipped as standard with seven airbags, ISO-fix child seat mounts, ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), traction control (TRC), steering-assist Vehicle Stability Control (VSC+) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).Published 31 January 2011