Tesla’s Model 3 has led the way in the latest set of Euro NCAP safety test results, with the electric saloon impressing in a series of demanding tests.
The Model 3 achieved a full 5-star rating from the European vehicle testing agency, while also receiving great scores in adult occupant protection (96%) and child occupant protection (86%).
But where the Tesla’s star shone brightest was in the safety assistance category, where it secured a 94% rating – the highest score of any car tested by Euro NCAP.
This excellent score is down to Tesla fitting the vehicle with a range of driver assists, such as lane departure avoidance, blind spot collision warning and speed assistance.
The American firm also fits the much-talked about AutoPilot system that allows the vehicle to drive itself, but Euro NCAP didn’t test that. The agency did say that they would start to rate other autonomous systems as part of a separate programme to be launched in 2020.
Thatcham Research’s Director of Research, Matthew Avery, said: “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.”
“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.”
Other models to do well in the latest round of Euro NCAP tests were the Skoda Scala and a pair of Mercedes models, the B-Class and GLE – with all 3 receiving 5-star safety ratings.