The latest round of Euro NCAP testing sees the electric Tesla Model 3, Skoda Scala and Mercedes B-Class and GLE gain five star ratings.
We get quite blasé about Euro NCAP ratings, and expect all cars to score five stars. But they don’t, not by any means.
But in the latest round of testing of new models for safety, the Tesla Model 3, new Skoda Scala and the Mercedes B-Class and GLE have all garnered five star awards, although the new Kia Ceed and DS3 Crossback could only manage four stars.
The Tesla Model 3 came in strongly in testing, with a perfect score for front offside crash barrier testing and, thanks to stuff like lane support, speed assist and AEB, it scored 94 per cent in the Safety Assist tests – the best so far. Well done that EV.
But the new Skoda Scala did pretty much as well, with a 97 per cent score for Adult Protection, and the new Mercedes B-Class and GLE grabbed five star ratings too.
But there were only four star ratings for the new Kia Ceed and DS3 Crossback, although that has more to do with spec than any inherent issue with the cars.
In standard spec a lot of safety stuff isn’t included, but if buyers opt for Kia’s Advanced Driver Assist option or DS3 buyers the Active Safety Brake option then they too would be up there with the five star crowd.
Euro NCAP’s Michiel van Ratingen 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. 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.