Toyota's Urban Cruiser, aka the Scion xD in the U.S. (albiet, without the all-wheel-drive and diesel option), was recently tested in the Euro NCAP safety test. Unfortunately, the vehicle did not do so hot compared to many of the other cars tested, netting only a three-star rating, compared to all of the other cars' four- or five-star ratings. The reason? A low "Adult Occupant Protection" score of 58%.
Toyota responded by saying it was surprised by the result, since the vehicle was designed to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating. Toyota is investigating the matter.
The lower rating came when the vehicle struck the "pole side impact" test. Toyota says, "We remain fully convinced that Urban Cruiser is a safe car."
The other vehicles tested included:
BMW X1 – Five stars
Chevrolet Cruze – Five stars
Chevrolet Spark – Four stars
Citroen DS – Five stars
Infiniti FX – Five stars
Mazda 3 – Five stars
Mercedes-Benz E-Class – Five stars
Vauxhall Astra – Five stars
Peugeot 5008 – Five stars
Toyota Urban Cruiser – Three stars
Volkswagen Scirocco – Five stars