The Tesla Model X was the stand-out performer in the latest rounds of the Euro NCAP tests. Close to a dozen cars were put to test also included Audi Q7, Renault Captur and the Skoda Octavia .
Tesla Model X bags 5 stars, scores 98% for adult occupant safety
Tesla’s Model X, scored 94 percent for Safety Assist. Incidentally the score is same at that scored by the Model 3 earlier this year. The Model X also achieved an impressive 98 percent for adult occupant protection, making it strong contender for Best in Class this year. This also makes the two Tesla models the best performers in this part of the assessment against Euro NCAP’s most recent protocols.
The Taycan, Porsche’s first full electric car, a rival to the Tesla Model S and Jaguar I-PACE in the all-electric sedan segment also achieved the full five stars in safety testing.
The Škoda Octavia, Renault Captur, the Ford Kuga and Audi Q7 all performed well scoring the coveted 5 stars in different size categories.
The other notable performers in the latest rounds of test include, The Volkswagen Sharan and its SEAT twin, the Alhambra. Though these have been around for several years , they remain up-to-date in terms of safety, with the addition of autonomous emergency braking and rear seatbelt load-limiters helping them score a competitive four-star rating.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General commended the winners and said, “Well done to Tesla and the other 5 stars performers for not only bringing best in class performance in testing but also 2 making safety systems accessible and standard across the European market. It is also good to see manufacturers – Ford and Volkswagen in this case –standardising AEB and keeping safety up-to-date even for older cars, to the benefit of their customers. It’s a pity that not everyone follows this example, and by prioritising looks over substance Jeep ended up at the bottom of the list of this year’s rated cars. The good news is that consumers have more choice than ever to find a safer alternative.”
The facelifted Jeep Renegade was the only one with a less than four rating as it continues to offer AEB only as an option.