Euro NCAP publishes 2022 review in numbers

Euro NCAP has released its annual Year in Numbers, which found that full electric vehicles made up 22 out of 65 new models tested, while six of the seven new brands tested were from China.

Its review revealed that Euro NCAP conducted more safety tests in 2022 than ever before, with a record number of newcomers to the programme as well.

In total, it published a total of 73 safety ratings, of which 67 were for brand-new car models, including 65 models with the lowest safety specification and two ratings for models with optional equipment – and six for variants of previously tested models.

Of the models tested, 15 out of 65 cars received four stars (22%), while 50 cars received five stars (78%) overall. In contrast to 2021, no vehicles received three stars or less.

In terms of trends, 34% of new vehicles tested were electric, while five out of six Euro NCAP’s Best in Class winners were electric.

Euro NCAP also found that centre airbags to reduce injuries in far-side crashes were one of the new safety elements to break through, with 72% of new cars examined including this safety feature.

Meanwhile, 94% of models tested featured attention assist systems.