Euro NCAP has announced that fifteen out of the sixteen cars evaluated in the latest round of crash tests have achieved the maximum rating of five stars showing the progress made by automakers despite the stricter protocols.
The only model from this month’s tests that failed to excel was the DS 9 which was limited to four stars. The reason for that is a penalty in the frontal offset test for being “an aggressive impact partner towards other vehicles”. Thus, the French sedan got a lukewarm 79% on adult occupants, 86% on child occupants, and 67% on both vulnerable road users and safety assist.
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Despite its age, the Tesla Model S proved its safety credentials scoring 94% on adult occupants, 91% on child occupants, 85% on vulnerable road users, and an incredible 98% on safety assist. Its Chinese rival, the NIO ET7 got slightly lower ratings with 91% on adult occupants, 87% on child occupants, 73% on vulnerable road users, and 95% on safety assist for a clean five stars.
Among the other EVs tested by EuroNCAP were the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra twins. Predictably, only the Toyota was tested with the Subaru inheriting the same ratings. The crossovers scored 88% on adult occupants, 87% on child occupants, 79% on vulnerable road users, and 91% on safety assist.
The Hyundai Ioniq 6 was a pleasant surprise with its impressive 97% score on adult occupants. The Korean EV got 87% on child occupants, a lower 66% on vulnerable road users, but a respectable 90% on safety assist.
The all-new smart #1 proved that Chinese-built vehicles can be quite safe and sometimes outperform European models. The EV scored an excellent 96% on adult occupants, 89% on child occupants, 71% on vulnerable road users, and 88% on safety assist.
The last fully electric crossover was the Nissan Ariya from Japan with a decent performance of 86% on adult occupants, 89% on child occupants, 74% on vulnerable road users, and 93% on safety assist.
On the hybrid front, the WEY Coffee 02 SUV newcomer from China did great with 94% on adult occupants, 87% on child occupants, 73% on vulnerable road users, and 93% on safety assist.
The Honda Civic e:HEV was a decent five-star performer with all individual scores between 82-89%. Similarly, the Toyota Corolla Cross hybrid was positioned in the 82-87% range. The new Renault Austral which serves as a replacement for the Kadjar got a 67% on vulnerable road users and all other scores above 80%, while the mechanically related Nissan X-Trail inherited its five-star rating score from the slightly smaller Nissan Qashqai.
The most premium vehicles of the bunch were the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport duo which got very similar scores. The slightly larger Range Rover was incrementally better on child occupants (87% against 85%), and vulnerable road users (72% over 69%), the Range Rover Sport did better in adult protection (85% over 84%) while both models got the same 82% for the identical safety assist packages.
Finally, the Isuzu D-Max Crew Cab was re-evaluated as the automaker added a redesigned driver knee airbag. The pickup matched the five-star rating of 2020 with a slightly improved 86% score on the adult occupants, although changes on left-hand drive vehicles were less notable.
Euro NCAP will be updating its protocols for 2023, making them more stringent with a renewed focus on other road users. Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General explained: “In 2023, in line with its Vision 2030, Euro NCAP will be focusing on a range of new aspects. For example, we are putting in place autonomous emergency braking (AEB) protocols for motorcycles as well as new scenarios in passive safety for pedestrians and cyclists, extending the area where these two vulnerable users might interact with a vehicle.”
Below, you can watch all the videos from the latest leg of testing, alongside a detailed gallery of the aftermath of each individual test.