Tesla Model 3 aces Euro NCAP collision avoidance testing

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Results for the latest cars to be rated against Euro NCAP’s most demanding tests to date have been announced today. Cars from DS, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Škoda and Tesla all achieved the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating for safety[1].

However, the Tesla Model 3 has been highly praised for it’s pioneering collision avoidance technology in this group of five-star rated cars.

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.

“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 has been commended for its Adult Occupant protection (96%), Child Occupant protection (86%) and Vulnerable Road Users (74%) scores.

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. 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.”

Find out more about the other cars tested this month and download Euro NCAP datasheets, pics and video here

[1] DS 3 Crossback and Kia Ceed achieve five-stars when optional safety pack is purchased