Euro NCAP's 2021 top performers

04 January 2022 | David Young

Euro NCAP has kicked off the start of a new year of car safety testing by recognising the top performers of last year and the winners of the 2021 Best in Class awards

Euro NCAP's 2021 top performers

Euro NCAP tested 33 new cars in 2021, of which 22 achieved the top 5-star rating.

Among the successes, the Mercedes-EQ EQS emerged as best in the "Executive Car" and "Pure Electric" categories, narrowly beating runner-up the Polestar 2. In the "Small Off-Road" category, the winner is the Nissan Qashqai with an outstanding performance in active safety. The award in the "Large-Off Road" category goes to Škoda's first all-electric SUV, the Enyaq iV. The Toyota Yaris Cross took the top spot in the "Small MPV" category and the Škoda Fabia was the best "Small Family Car".

The Euro NCAP Best-in-Class award is given to those cars which perform best overall in categories with at least three entrants that year. Winners must have achieved a five-star rating and must have no critical body region coloured red in the full-scale tests. Click here to learn more about the rules.

Dr. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP secretary general, says

"2021 was a tough year for the car industry: a shortage of parts, semiconductors in particular, was the sting in the tail of the Covid crisis, affecting development timelines, production and sales. Still, we saw quite a number of new car models coming to the market, many of them electric or hybrid, and many of them achieving five-star ratings despite the demanding requirements. Well done to the winners as well as to the runners-up, some of which were very close contenders for the top slot in their respective categories."





Mercedes-EQ EQS

Polestar 2

Large off-road

Škoda ENYAQ iV 60


Small family car

Škoda Fabia


Small off-road

Nissan Qashqai


Small MPV

Toyota Yaris Cross

VW Caddy

Pure electric

Mercedes-EQ EQS

Polestar 2