Best performing cars of 2010


The five best performing cars of last year were announced this week by Euro NCAP.  In order to be considered each car must have earned the five star rating from the orgniazation and achieved a high overall performance score.

Over the course of 2010 Euro NCAP put 29 vehicles through crash testing out of which 65% made the cut to receive a five star rating which is low compared to the 90% than received five stars in 2009.  The sharp decrease shows that the standards for a five star rating are now higher, which is bad news for the Landwind CV9 and the Citroen Nemo who were the last two cars in the rankings with two and three stars respectively.  Conversely, this year the top achievers by category are


• Executive category: BMW 5 Series
• Small Family category: Alfa Romeo Giulietta
• Supermini category: Honda CR-Z
• Small off-road 4×4 category: Kia Sportage
• Small MPV category: Toyota Verso

To be top achiever means that the car accomplished a high combined score based on the scores in each of the individual four areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment, while notably exceeding the thresholds for a 5 star overall rating. In addition to the top five achievers, the Suzuki SwiftKia VengaBMW X1VW Sharan/Seat Alhambra,Citroen C4 all exceeded the 80% mark in overall score putting them on the list of best performing cars of 2010.

Dr Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP Secretary General says: “Every year, car manufacturers constantly work to innovate and make their cars better and safer for the driver, whatever the size of the vehicle. The presence in these categories of high performing 5 star cars demonstrates car manufacturers’ commitment to safety for all sizes of vehicles.”

Euro NCAP is now performing Electronic Stability Control tests as part of the overall assessment. Since 2009, Euro NCAP requires ESC systems to be fitted as standard and will from now on be measuring its performance when testing the vehicles. ESC is meant to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from crashes in which the driver loses directional control of the vehicle, including those resulting in vehicle rollover.

The full list of cars tested in 2010 is published on the paloma website. Next results will be released on 23rd February 2011.