Euro NCAP named the Skoda ENYAQ iV electric SUV and the fourth generation Skoda FABIA as the best in class in the test year 2021. As a result, the two models are the safest of all vehicles in their classes evaluated in 2021. The Skoda ENYAQ iV received 86 percent of the total attainable points in the crash safety reference test, making it the safest SUV to date. The new Skoda FABIA scored the highest among tiny vehicles tested in 2021, with 78 percent. Skoda AUTO is the only manufacturer with two models represented in the 'Best in Class 2021' series. Since 2008, all 14 new Skoda cars have obtained the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP test.
Euro NCAP lists the cars that fared best in their class in the reference crash safety test within a year regularly. For 2021, two Skoda vehicles are among the best in class: the Skoda ENYAQ iV in the SUV class and the Skoda FABIA in the small car class. In 2021, Skoda will be the only manufacturer with two class champions. The new Skoda models ENYAQ iV and FABIA are the 13th and 14th in a row to obtain the highest rating of five stars since 2008. The Skoda FABIA's third-generation already won the award for best in class in 2014. Because the Euro NCAP test criteria are growing increasingly stringent, comparing the best in class is only possible for the calendar years 2020 and 2021.
The Skoda ENYAQ iV electric SUV received five stars and 86 percent of the total possible points in the Euro NCAP test in 2021. The first Skoda model based on the modular electrification kit from the Volkswagen Group achieved excellent results in the extensive crash and safety tests of the European New Car Assessment Program, particularly when protecting passengers. With the combination of 94 percent of the maximum achievable points for the protection of adults in the vehicle and 89 percent for the protection of children on board, the Skoda SUV sets an absolute record in the Euro NCAP test ratings have been tightened again since 2020. This was only surpassed once by a luxury vehicle.
In the Euro NCAP test, the new Skoda FABIA benefitted from greater safety due to the Volkswagen Group's conversion to the MQB-A0 modular transverse platform, which permitted the deployment of seven contemporary aid systems for the first time. As a result, the fourth generation of the successful model received 78 percent of the maximum possible points and, like the Skoda ENYAQ iV, excelled in the area of occupant protection, receiving 85 percent of the potential points for grown-up protection and 81 percent of the maximum number of points for kid safety.
The European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) was established in 1997 by eight European nations' transport ministries, automotive clubs, insurance organizations, and research institutions. The consortium's headquarters are in the Belgian city of Leuven. It conducts accident testing on current vehicle models and assesses their active and passive safety and rescue and recovery safety. The testing has been strengthened over the years and now covers various crash situations. Initially, only the results of the crash tests were reviewed; however, assessments of active safety systems and driver aid systems are now included in the total evaluation with increased weighting.