The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the Tesla Model 3 a full five-star rating in its latest round of crash tests – repeating the good performance measured with NHTSA tests in the USA.
“The Tesla Model 3 made a strong debut with a perfect score in the frontal offset deformable barrier crash test,” wrote the European examiners, “Its performance in the Safety Assist tests particularly impressed, thanks to its superb driver assistance systems like lane support, speed assist and autonomous emergency braking.”
The Tesla score of 94 per cent in the 2019 Safety Assist tests is the best to date according to the latest Euro NCAP protocol. For adult occupants, Euro NCAP even gave Model 3 a rating of 96 per cent, and 86 per cent for children. Pedestrians have the lowest score at 74 per cent.
Especially with the latter rating, it is worth looking into the details: As the Model 3 has no active bonnet, there are areas on the vehicle where a pedestrian or cyclist can hit quite hard. With the various emergency brake assist systems, car manufacturers are increasingly trying to avoid collisions with unprotected road users from the outset.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) already tested Model 3 in September 2018 and also awarded it five stars.
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