Toyota iQ 'is one of the safest vehicles'

Fri, 20 Feb 2009
People considering buying a car in the coming months may be impressed to hear the Toyota iQ has been rated one of the safest vehicles on the market.

In the latest Euro Ncap crash tests, the model was awarded the maximum five-star accolade.

The scoring system for the programme has recently been revised.

Instead of being given separate scores in a variety of areas, all vehicles now simply receive one overall rating.

The mark takes into account technology included in cars which can help prevent an accident, as well as how much protection child and adult occupants and pedestrians are offered in the event of an accident.

According to Toyota: "Despite its compact urban-friendly dimensions, the iQ makes no compromise in the fields of active and passive safety."

The updated Avensis was also awarded a five-star rating.

Meanwhile, car buyers may also want to check out the new Toyota Yaris.

The manufacturer recently claimed the revised version is greener and offers better performance than its predecessor.

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