Each year the Euro NCAP crafts additional tests in order to constantly hold vehicles to the highest standards of safety, and each year the organization reveals the vehicle from each class that performed best when put through those tests.
This year the Euro NCAP added the full width frontal test which had a significant influence on the fitment of rear seatbelt pretensioners and load liners across all sectors. The proliferation of autonomous braking technology continued and tests for the presence and efficacy of such systems continued to weigh heavily on vehicles' ratings.
The Infiniti Q30 performed better than all of its rivals in the Small Family class.
It did well in all areas of the test, but it did particularly well in the pedestrian protection metric due to its active bonnet. By this measure the Q30 was actually one of the best performers of all vehicles for the year. It scored a 91%.
The Q30 received an 81% score when it came to safety assist equipment, an 84% for the adult occupant protection metric, and overall achieved the maximum 5-star rating. Infiniti certainly benefited from some Mercedes-Benz engineering since the Q30 is based on the Mercedes-Benz A-class, which also received the maximum 5-star rating from the Euro NCAP.
Take a look at this video to see the winners in each category along with their crash tests. The winners are listed below by class.
Large Off-Road --> Volvo XC90
Small Off-Road --> Mercedes-Benz GLC
Large Family --> Jaguar XE
Small Family --> Infiniti Q30
Supermini --> Honda Jazz
Large MPV --> Ford Galaxy
Small MPV --> Volkswagen Touran
Roadster Sport --> Mazda MX-5
Next year the Euro NCAP will add an assessment of AEB Pedestrian systems. Many premium vehicles already contain this type of technology, but others may have to make strides to maintain scores that they deem appropriate.