The Lexus IS300h (below) was the top performer of the trio, scoring 91 per cent in the adult occupant protection component, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, 80 per cent for pedestrian protection and 66 per cent for its safety assist systems.
The Toyota Corolla sedan – due to arrive in Australia in early 2014 – offered the best adult occupant protection (94 per cent) of the bunch, while the Mazda 6 scored an impressive 81 per cent for the safety assist component.
The pint-sized Opel Adam could only manage four stars, penalised for – among other factors – offering weak protection of the driver’s chest during the side pole test.
Euro NCAP also handed a four-star rating to the Mitsubishi Mirage (called the Space Star in some European markets).
Somewhat confusingly, the Mirage earned five stars earlier this year under the modified scoring system of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The five-star rating applies to our market.