The new Lexus NX 300h has been awarded the maximum five star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
Euro NCAP have been instrumental in furthering road safety over the years – their rating system acts as an incentive for manufacturers to improve vehicle safety features.
The luxury hybrid crossover was praised for its ability to protect adults and children inside the car as well as pedestrians.
In the four elements that make up the test, the NX 300h scored 82 per cent for both adult and child occupant protection, 69 per cent for pedestrian protection and 71 per cent for safety assist – systems that help avoid or minimise injuries in an accident.
Euro NCAP highlighted the maximum point’s score the Lexus was awarded in its side barrier impact tests – showing just how good the protection is that it provides for all of the most important body areas.
Protection against whiplash injury as the result of rear end collisions is limited due to excellent front seats and head restraints.
During child occupant tests, the NX 300h scored highly for the protection given to 18-month and three-year-old children – in the pedestrian protection category, the front bumper gave “good or adequate “protection to the legs.
NCAP commented that when it came to safety assist performance, the NX showed “good performance” – due in part to the Pre-Crash Safety system, Electronic Stability Control, and alerts for front and rear occupants to fasten their seatbelts.
Additional safety features that were not included in the Euro NCAP test programme include Lane Keep Assist, Adaptive High Beam, a blind spot monitor and 360-degree Panoramic View Monitor.
The NX 300h comes with a cutting edge hybrid engine, advanced safety and handling systems, plus an array of technological features designed to make the driving experience as enjoyable as possible.
A host of new technologies are present, including a touchpad infotainment interface and premium surround sound system, designed by renowned audio specialist Mark Levinson.
Prices for the NX-300h start at £29,495.