Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of six vehicles today and among them was the Tesla Model 3, which managed to score a maximum of 5 stars.
The electric sedan nabbed a 96 percent score in Adult Occupant, 86 percent in Child Occupant and 74 percent in Pedestrian Safety. The 94 percent achieved in the Safety Assist category “is best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol”, noted the European safety specialists.
Mercedes-Benz had to prepare two vehicles for the crash tests: the B-Class and GLE. Both of them obtained a 5-star result, alongside the Skoda Scala, the Czech brand’s latest compact hatchback, positioned between the Fabia and Octavia. The Scala was “amongst the top small-family cars tested” in this class, commented Euro NCAP.
“It’s great to see cars doing so well. Our tests get tougher and tougher, and cars continue to perform well, which means that car buyers are getting an ever-safer range of vehicles to choose from”, said Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General. “Next year, we up the ante again, with better tests of driver-assistance systems, a completely new frontal crash test and more attention to protection in side crashes. These new tests should help to make the roads safer for everyone.”
Things didn’t go so well for the other two cars that were tested: the Kia Ceed and DS3 Crossback, as they missed the maximum safety rating by an inch. Their 4 star ratings were obtained using the base versions, which lack some of the available advanced safety gear. However, Euro NCAP said that when equipped with the ‘Advanced Driver Assistance’ and ‘Active Safety Brake’ packs, they do fall into the 5-star territory.