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Tesla Model 3 sets new safety technology benchmark in Euro NCAP testing


Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 impressed in latest Euro NCAP crash tests (Image: EURO NCAP)

Tesla Model 3 sets new safety technology benchmark in Euro NCAP testing as six new cars receive top marks. A new batch of 2019 registered cars have been put through their paces in the road safety tests and came out on top.  The results for the tests have been revealed today for the cars from DS, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Škoda, and Tesla. Of the cars tested the Skoda Scala and Tesla Model 3 received extra praise. Matthew Avery, Director of Research, Thatcham Research comments, “The Tesla Model 3 achieved one of the highest Safety Assist scores we have seen to date.

“Its Collision Avoidance Assist system is first class, with its Autonomous Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning systems showing high levels of performance.

The Tesla Model 3 has been commended for its Adult Occupant protection (96 per cent), Child Occupant protection (86 per cent) and Vulnerable Road Users (74 per cent) scores.

According to information on the Euro NCAP website the Model also scored the highest recorded mark in the Safety Assist category of 94 per cent. 

It includes a range of safety features to assist drivers in emergency situations, including a Speed Assistance System, Lane Departure Avoidance and Blind Spot Collision Warning. 

DS 3 Crossback

DS 3 Crossback crash test (Image: EURO NCAP)

As a comfort driving feature, Tesla’s AutoPilot system was not assessed by Euro NCAP, however, Euro NCAP and Thatcham Research will rate such systems in a separate programme set to launch in 2020.

Avery added, “Tesla has made a virtue of safety in its marketing and it is great to see a car now living up to that promise. It would be exciting if Tesla delivered the same benefits for drivers of older models via over-the-air updates.”

“Tesla has done a great job of playing the structural benefits of an electric vehicle to its advantage.

“Impact performance is enhanced by the absence of a mechanical engine and the car’s low centre of gravity. The Tesla Model 3 really benefits from its all electric-architecture.”

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model 3 crash test (Image: EURO NCAP)

Skoda’s latest model the Scala has also received plaudits for its performance. It achieved high scores for Adult Occupant protection (97 per cent), Child Occupant protection (87 per cent), Vulnerable Road Users (81 per cent) and Safety Assist (76 per cent).

As a result it is now one of the safest vehicles in the small family car category and is the first Škoda model range to be equipped with Lane Assist and AEB which can detect cyclists and pedestrians.

Avery said, “Škoda consistently produce cars with high standards of safety and do so at a low price point compared to other manufacturers. 

“The Škoda Scala shows strong performance across the board – rating highly on passive and active safety protection.

Skoda Scala

Skoda Scala crash test (Image: EURO NCAP)

“And at a starting price point of £15,750, you don’t have to pay the earth to get five-star safety.”

Mercedes also received praise for its B Class and GLE, with both cars picking up top marks. 

This adds to their impressive record of every car launching since 2014 acheiveing five-star ratings.

The DS 3 Crossback and Kia Ceed scored five-stars if buyers purchase the optional safety pack. Without the safety pack, the cars achieved four-star ratings.

Mercedes-Benz GLE

Mercedes-Benz GLE crash test (Image: EURO NCAP)

DS 3 Crossback (standard safety equipment)

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 87
  • Child Occupant Protection: 86
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 54
  • Safety Assist: 63

DS 3 Crossback (with safety pack)

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 96
  • Child Occupant Protection: 86
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 64
  • Safety Assist: 76

Kia Ceed (standard safety equipment)

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 88
  • Child Occupant Protection: 85
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 52
  • Safety Assist: 68

Kia Ceed (with safety pack)

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 88
  • Child Occupant Protection:85
  • Vulnerable Road Users:68
  • Safety Assist: 73 

Kia Ceed

Kia Ceed crash test (Image: KIA)

Mercedes-Benz B Class (standard safety equipment)

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 96
  • Child Occupant Protection: 90
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 78
  • Safety Assist: 75 

Mercedes-Benz GLE

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 91
  • Child Occupant Protection:90
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 78
  • Safety Assist:78 

Škoda Scala

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 97
  • Child Occupant Protection:87
  • Vulnerable Road Users:81
  • Safety Assist: 76

Tesla Model 3

  • Adult Occupant Protection: 96
  • Child Occupant Protection: 87
  • Vulnerable Road Users: 81
  • Safety Assist: 94



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