Euro NCAP has released its latest round of crash results including a range of new models, including the Tesla Model 3, Skoda Scala, Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Kia Ceed, and DS 3 Crossback.
Overall, the Tesla managed 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for child occupant protection, and 74 per cent for protection of vulnerable road users.
Skoda’s new Scala hatchback also received high praise for its crash performance, scoring 97 per cent for adult occupant protection and 87 per cent for child occupant protection. In the areas of vulnerable road user protection and safety assist, the Scala nabbed 81 per cent and 76 per cent results respectively.
The B-Class scored an impressive 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, and an impressive 90 per cent for child occupant protection. As reported by ANCAP yesterday, the GLE got 91 per cent for adult protection and 90 per cent for child protection.
“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, secretary general for Euro NCAP.
“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.”
In the case of the Kia, it appears to be the same circumstances as the Australian-market Cerato, where the standard AEB system detects vehicles but not vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists, hence the downgraded rating.
The DS 3 Crossback, meanwhile, doesn’t get AEB as standard at all, requiring the optional safety pack to get the five-star rating. Lane Assist is included across all grades, however.
Given ANCAP and Euro NCAP mirror their crash testing protocols now, it’s likely the ratings for the Model 3, Scala, and B-Class will carryover to Australia.
Since the Kia Ceed and DS 3 Crossback aren’t sold here, they have no real bearing on our market.