Toyota iQ named one of safest cars

Independent crash testing has named the Toyota iQ, which is one of the smallest four-seater cars on the market, as one of the safest.

Euro NCAP, the company behind a new overall protection performance rating, also awarded five stars to the new Avensis.

The rating scheme looks at a number of factors to produce a weighted score. These include adult (50%), child (20%) and pedestrian (20%) protection assessment results, as well as driver assistance devices (10%).

In order to be awarded five stars the car must gain a minimum overall score of 70%, and to qualify for inclusion the devices must be fitted as standard across 85% of the model range.

Although the iQ is a small car, it received a score of 79%. It has nine airbags, including a rear window curtain shield airbag, electronic brakeforce distribution, anti-lock brakes, vehicle stability control and traction control - all as standard.

Meanwhile, the Avensis scored 81%, with technology such as an adaptive cruise control, pre-crash system and lane departure warning.

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