Tesla Model 3 shines in latest Euro NCAP results
Euro NCAP has released the safety ratings of six new cars today. The much talked about Tesla Model 3, the new Skoda Scala, the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the latest GLE all achieved the maximum five stars.
The new Kia Ceed and DS 3 Crossback were rated four stars as standard but were awarded five stars when equipped with an optional safety pack.
The Tesla Model 3 scored 94% in 2019 Safety Assist tests - the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol – thanks to its superb driver assistance systems such as lane support, speed assist and autonomous emergency braking. It also achieved a perfect score in the frontal offset deformable barrier crash test.
Whereas the Tesla Model 3 shined in certain areas, the Skoda Scala beats it when it comes to overall crash performance with a 97% score in Adult Occupant Protection. This firmly puts the Scala amongst the top small-family cars tested by Euro NCAP for this part of the assessment.
Mercedes-Benz can lay claim to being the safest brand in Europe though, with the B-Class and GLE five star ratings being the manufacturer’s 10th and 11th since 2014, underscoring that its safety reputation is untouchable.
If you’re thinking of leasing a Kia Ceed or DS 3 Crossback, it might be worth asking about the optional safety pack as Euro NCAP tests have shown that their respective “Advanced Driver Assistance” and “Active Safety Brake” packs will deliver better real-world safety performance.
Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP, said: “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.”