Top marks for Tesla's new plug-in baby and Audi's latest 5 Series-fighter in ANCAP testing.
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Audi and Tesla have scored top marks in the latest round of ANCAP crash testing, with the A6 and Model 3 achieving five-star ratings.

The pure-electric Model 3 sedan scored 96 per cent for 'adult occupant protection', earning perfect marks for driver protection in three of the four 'destructive' tests.

Child occupant protection in the side-impact test was also strong, while the car's 94 per cent score in the 'safety assist' category was the equal-highest result in ANCAP history, thanks in part to its advanced lane-keeping assist system.

The Model 3 did, however, only return a 'vulnerable road user' protection score of 74 per cent, with the protection provided to 'struck pedestrians' classed as adequate on middle of the bonnet, weak on the edges of the bonnet, and poor on the windscreen pillars.

Meanwhile, the Audi A6 returned 93 per cent for 'adult occupant protection' and 85 per cent for 'child occupant protection'.

“It is encouraging to see Tesla give equal attention to the active safety systems and technologies on board as well as the safety fundamentals through the structure and restraints,” said James Goodwin, ANCAP CEO.

"The Audi A6 offers a good mix of safety systems for adults, children and other road users," he went on.