The latest Euro NCAP test results give the Lexus CT 200h the top marks when it comes to safety. In several fields, the Lexus hybrid topped its class, with a 94% protection rating for adults. It tied with the Volvo V60. The Lexus hatchback got high scores when it comes to the categories of child protection and safety assist but it tested poorly on pedestrian rating.
In the frontal impact, the passenger compartment remained stable and the knee airbags gave good protection to the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger.
In the side barrier impact, it scored maximum points as all body regions were protected well. In the side pole impact, its chest protection was marginal based on the rib deflections of its dummies. Also well-protected were the three-year dummy (with 11.9 points) and the 18-month dummy (with 11.2 points) out of a total of 12.
Pedestrians' legs were protected by the bumper, getting maximum points in the tests. Unfortunately, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in almost all of the tested areas.
The CT200h is fitted with Electronic Stability Control as standard equipment. It has complied with Euro NCAP's requirements.
Also offered as standard is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, front passenger and rear seats. The model that was tested had a five-door hatchback configuration and the 1.8-liter hybrid powerplant. It was specked in the 'Comfort' grade.
The Lexus CT 200h is equipped with a group of advanced safety features centered on an “Integrated Safety Management Concept” that offers optimal safety performance in any driving scenario. Not only that, the Lexus CT 200h likewise offers the highest level of safety equipment in its segment. For starters, the Lexus CT 200h features a rigid, impact-absorbing body shell that’s complemented by a number of active, passive and pedestrian impact safety features.
These features include eight airbags and Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) front seats, as well as an upgraded Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration system (ECB-R) that combines Anti-Lock brakes (ABS), Brake Assist, Traction Control (TRC) and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC). All of these elements should allow the new Lexus CT 200h to achieve top crash ratings in Europe (Euro NCAP, five stars), United States (NCAP, five stars) and Japan (J-NCAP six stars). Passive safety is provided specifically through a body shell that features a high percentage of high tensile sheet steel, thereby resulting to a light weight yet very rigid structure.
Thanks to this, Lexus was able to engineer the Lexus CT 200h to perform as best as possible in terms of full-frontal, offset, side and rear collisions. As standard, the new Lexus CT 200h is equipped with eight Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) airbags -- driver and front seat passenger front, knee and side airbags, and side curtain airbags. It also features three-point ELR (Emergency Locking Retractor) seatbelts.
Seatbelts for the driver, front passenger and rear outer passengers are specified with a pre-tensioner and force limiter function. Meanwhile, the second-generation Whiplash Injury Lessening (WIL) seat concept found on the CT 200h features a new seat back structure and headrest design. During normal use, the new headrest is placed as close as possible to the passenger's head. With this configuration, there is minimal gap between the headrest and the occupant’s head in case of rear impact, thereby reducing the risk of whiplash through excessive head movement. Aside from passenger-centered safety features, the new Lexus CT 200h also offers the best possible pedestrian impact protection.
Customers may further boost the safety level of the Lexus CT 200h by availing of a pre-emptive, Pre-Crash Safety (PCS) system with Adaptive Cruise Control. Designed to help reduce collision damage and injury, PCS uses a millimeter wave radar sensor to sense objects ahead, thereby allowing it to identify possibly dangerous objects ahead and help reduce the possibility of a collision. If this possibility is high, PCS will provide an alert to the driver while activating the Pre-Crash Seatbelt pretensioners. As the brakes are applied by the driver, PCS will provide Pre-Crash Brake Assist to augment his or her braking effort.
Should the driver fail to brake in an inevitable collision, Pre-Crash Brake will apply the brakes automatically to reduce impact speed. Complementing the function of the PCS when the car is moving at speeds between 50 km/h and 170 km/h is the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). ACC works by maintaining a pre-set distance between the Lexus CT 200h and the vehicle in front. Once the path ahead is clear of other vehicles, the CT 200h will return to its intended cruising speed.
In terms of deceleration and stopping, the Lexus CT 200h comes with a second-generation Electronically Controlled Braking-Regeneration system (ECB-R) that manages the control of both hydraulic and regenerative braking. ECB-R proactively employs braking force from the hybrid drive system's electric motor to recover as much electrical energy as possible, thereby helping the CT 200h achieve outstanding fuel economy. ECB-R also combines several active safety systems like the latest generation Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) with Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Traction Control (TRC).