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September 7, 2022

Tesla Model Y tops Euro NCAP round

Model Y scored 97% for Adult Occupant Protection and 98% in Safety Assist

By Graeme Roberts

Tesla’s Model Y achieved five stars in Euro NCAP’s latest round of crash tests while the Genesis GV60 continued the also five star success of its GV70 and GV80 siblings tested last year.

Great Wall’s ORA Funky Cat and WEY Coffee 01 both achieved top marks while Kia’s redone Niro was awarded four stars with standard equipment and five with the optional safety pack.

The Model Y, built in Tesla’s Berlin Gigafactory, scored 97% for Adult Occupant Protection and 98% in Safety Assist with full points for its lane support and new cabin camera based driver monitoring system. In Euro NCAP track tests, the Model Y camera only Vision system performed “remarkably well” in preventing collisions with other cars, cyclists and pedestrians, Euro NCAP said.

Chinese manufacturers have achieved mixed fortunes in previous safety tests. But, following Nio, Lynk & Co and MG, Great Wall Motor showed it could produce cars that match the best that Europe has to offer, with the electric ORA Funky Cat and WEY Coffee 1 both achieving five stars.

Euro NCAP secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, said: “We’ve seen good results from some Chinese manufacturers in the past, but also some very poor ones. This year, Euro NCAP will test more Chinese cars than it has ever done and Great Wall really sets the standard for others to follow. Also, congratulations to Tesla for a truly outstanding, record-breaking Model Y rating. Tesla have shown that nothing but the best is good enough for them, and we hope to see them continue to aspire to that goal in the future.”

Korean brands also did well in this round of tests. The Genesis GV60 SUV got five stars, albeit with some room for improvement in its protection of vulnerable road users. And the Kia Niro was awarded four stars when fitted with standard equipment, including a forward looking camera system. But buyers must pay extra for the optional DriveWise safety pack which adds a radar to the sensor set if they want top level safety.

The third generation Hyundai i20 shared the 2021 four star rating of the closely related Bayon.

New electric variants of existing Stellantis models – the Citroën e-Berlingo, Opel/Vauxhall Combo e-Life and the Peugeot e-Rifter – were added to the 2018 results of the ICE models.

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