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Latest Lexus tops the tables in EuroNCAP testing

TOP MARKS’FOR LEXUS: The new Lexus UX compact SUV (above) has scored top marks in  EuroNCAP testing. Image: Supplied
LONDON, England – The new Lexus UX compact SUV has achieved a top five-star rating in the latest round of independent testing by Euro NCAP.

The results embed it among the safest cars of its kind for driver and passenger crash protection with a 96% score for its effectiveness in safeguarding adults and 85% for children.

The UX also scored the highest ratings for pedestrian and cyclist protection of any car yet tested under Euro NCAP’s tougher 2019 criteria. Its automated emergency braking helping it to 82% for vulnerable road-user protection.

SPOTTING PEOPLE

The new UX is equipped as standard with the latest version of Lexus Safety System+ with a number of new and improved active safety features that can warn of and help the driver to avoid many common collisions.

The severity of the impact can be reduced should a collision be unavoidable thanks to advanced technology that include a pre-collision system that can detect pedestrians in the vehicle’s path, day and night, and cyclists in daylight.

Adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping will provide a degree of automated driving support while adaptive cruise control maintains a safe following distance. It will also safely slow the car to a standstill in congested traffic before returning to the pre-set cruising speed once prompted by the driver and the way is clear.

READING FOR RIGHTING

All of the above, of course, are now common in most upmarket – and even some down-market, competitors.

Lexus Safety System+ also ”sees” road signs.

Passive safety provisions include eight crash-bags and crash restraints, the latter equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters.

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Fundamental impact mitigation is provided by the UX’s rigid platform that is designed to absorb and channel impact forces around the cabin.

The UX comes with a full suite of vehicle braking and stability controls, co-ordinated with precision by Lexus’s vehicle dynamics integrated management. Elements include anti-lock brales, traction control, vehicle stability control and hill-start assistance, plus a secondary anti-collision brake.

A blind spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert – standard on the UX Takumi – alert the driver to vehicles or hazards out of their line of sight.

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