Tesla beats opponents with world’s safest car

The independent body EuroNCAP unveils the results of its crash tests, and the electric models are once again doing very well. This is particularly the case for one vehicle in particular, which obtains an excellent score: the Tesla Model S. But its competitors are not left out, with the Nio ET7, the Smart #1, the Hyundai Ioniq 6, the Tiyota bZ4X , the Nissan Ariya and the Subaru Solterra which all get five stars.

If they are not mandatory to put a car on the road, the EuroNCAP crash tests are still an almost essential passage and above all a guarantee of confidence for customers when the score obtained is good. Made by an independent body, these put most of the latest in the market to the test through a series of tests. At the end, various ratings are then assigned according to several criteria, such as the protection of adult and child passengers, that of vulnerable road users and the effectiveness of driving aids.

A Tesla Model S at the top

In total, no less than 16 cars have been tested by the body in recent weeks, including seven 100% electric models. Among them, the new Tesla Model S in version 2022, which obtains the maximum rating of five stars, like all the other vehicles tested, except the DS 9, which is limited to four. But where the electric sedan is very strong is that it reaches highest overall rating of all vehicles tested under the new test protocol, which has become more severe than before.

It then becomes the safest vehicle ever assessed by EuroNCAP according to these new criteria, ahead of the Tesla Model Y which also obtained very good scores.

As the European body’s website states, the Model S achieved a score of 94% for adult occupant protection, while the child protection score is 91%, which is also very good. . The protection of the most vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists is 85%, while the sedan gets a score of 98% for driving aids.

A score that should reassure customers, some who may have been put off by the recent controversies and accidents around the Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system, while Tesla is under investigation for deception. The firm is indeed accused of making people believe that its device allows 100% autonomous driving, but this is not yet the case. As a reminder, the FSD (full self-driving) system is currently still in the beta-test phase. Some even think that Tesla could cheat during crash tests.

Excellent scores for electrics

Overall, all the electric models tested did very well. This is particularly the case of the Smart #1, which obtains a score of 96% for the protection of adults, while the Hyundai Ioniq 6 reaches 97%. The very promising Nio ET7 also shows very good scores, with 91% for protection of adults, 87% for children and 95% for driving aids. The electric sedan, on the other hand, fishes a little on the side of the protection of the most vulnerable users, with a score of only 73%. EuroNCAP also tested the new Toyota bZ4X, which had to be halted due to a wheel issue.

The latter has finally been resolved and the electric SUV even obtains a very good score in crash tests, with 88% for the protection of adult occupants and 87% for children. If it still fishes a little on the side of vulnerable users, the Japanese excels in terms of driving aids (91%).

Its cousin, the Subaru Solterra was also tested and received identical ratings. Finally, the Nissan Ariya also passed on the grill and obtained a satisfactory score, with 86% for the protection of adults and 89% for children, which should reassure customers looking for a large family SUV. If the score for driving aids is very good (93%), this newcomer to the range falls a little short of the protection of vulnerable users (74%).

We can’t wait to see the results of Sweden’s new electric SUV, the Volvo EX90. Indeed, the manufacturer integrated into the Chinese group Gelly has relied heavily on passive and active safety for its new electric car.

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