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Tesla Model 3 among latest five-star Euro NCAP cars

Tesla Model 3 crash test

The Tesla Model 3 has been commended for its collision avoidance system in the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests.

Top marks were awarded to the Model 3, alongside the Skoda Scala, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and GLE, DS 3 Crossback and Kia Ceed.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research 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.”

The Tesla Model 3 was also commended for its adult occupant protection score of 96%. It also scored highly for child occupant protection (86%) and vulnerable road users (74%).

The Model 3 includes a range of safety features to assist drivers in emergency situations, including a speed limit assistance system, lane departure avoidance and Blind Spot Collision Warning. 

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.

The Skoda Scala was another star performer in this round of testing, according to Thatcham Research. It achieved high scores for adult occupant protection (97%), child occupant protection (87%), vulnerable road users (81%) and safety assist (76%).

It means the Scala is now one of the safest vehicles in the small family car category and is the first Skoda model range to be equipped with Lane Assist and AEB which can detect cyclists and pedestrians.

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

“The Scala shows strong performance across the board – rating highly on passive and active safety protection. And at a starting price point of £15,750, you don’t have to pay the earth to get five-star safety.”

Mercedes-Benz also performed will with the B-Class and GLE achieving five-star Euro NCAP ratings. Both vehicles have AEB Pedestrian and AEB Cyclist fitted as standard, as well as speed assistance and lane assist technology to maximise safety.

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.

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