Tesla Model 3 shines in latest Euro NCAP results

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Author: | Updated: 03 Jul 2019 15:37

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.

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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.

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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.”

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