THE Lexus CT 200h has been awarded the prestigious Euro NCAP five-star rating with an overall score of 83/100. This score is well above the minimum required to achieve five stars, and ranks the new Lexus amongst the very safest vehicles in the premium compact segment.
This achievement is all the more significant for the adoption by Euro NCAP of a new, more stringent crash test scheme in 2009. The new programme is composed of four areas - Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian Protection and a new area; Safety Assist. Injury avoidance and mitigating functions, such as seat belt reminders, ESP and a speed limiter are also rated, and achieving a five-star rating has become increasingly more difficult year by year.
The Lexus CT 200h scored 94% for Adult Occupant, 84% for Child Occupant, 55% for Pedestrian Protection and 86% for Safety Assist.
Commenting on the Adult Occupant category, Euro NCAP highlighted the maximum points scored by the CT 200h in the side barrier impact test, the good protection offered by the driver and front passenger knee airbags, and the high level of protection against whiplash injuries. The new premium compact achieved an outstanding result for rear impact protection performance, due to Lexus’ second-generation WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening) seat technology.
The revised WIL system’s headrest is designed to sit as close as possible to the occupant’s head during normal use. In the event of a rear impact, the torso sinks easily into the seat, effectively closing the gap between the occupant’s head and the headrest, reducing the risk of whiplash injury.
In the Child Occupant tests, the CT 200h scored well for its protection of both 18 month and three year old children. And in the Pedestrian Protection category, the bumper provided good protection to pedestrian’s legs, scoring maximum Euro NCAP points.
With a highly rigid, impact-absorbing bodyshell and a comprehensive range of active, passive and pedestrian impact features, the CT 200h is designed to provide the best possible safety performance in all driving scenarios.
The new Lexus premium compact is the only car in its class to feature both driver and front passenger knee bags amongst the eight airbags fitted as standard. The knee airbags are designed to deploy from the lower part of the instrument panel at the same time as the front airbags to reduce injury from contact with the steering column and lower dashboard structures. They also help to reduce head and chest injuries by reducing pelvis displacement and torso rotation in a major impact.
In a world-first for the premium compact segment, the CT 200h may also be specified with an optional Pre-Crash Safety system (PCS). The PCS pre-emptively optimises front seat belt and emergency braking systems to help reduce collision damage and injury, and will automatically apply the brakes if an impact becomes inevitable. A complimentary Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) automatically matches the speed of the CT 200h to that of the vehicle ahead.
An upgraded Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration system (ECB-R) offered as standard incorporates Anti-Lock brakes (ABS), Brake