Tesla Model 3 excels at Euro NCAP safety tests

Tesla Model 3 Euro NCAP test results

The Tesla Model 3 was tested by Euro NCAP and got top ratings in every category, especially in Safety Assist.

With a score of 94 % in the Safety Assist category, the Tesla Model 3 set a record and got a very comfortable distance to the second place in the 2019 ratings, which belongs to Citröen C5 Aircross (82 %).

The Safety Assist category is probably the most important category in Euro NCAP tests, since the best way to survive a crash is not to crash in the first place.


In the video below you see the Tesla Model 3 being tested.



The Tesla Model 3 is truly a revolutionary car. I wonder if the Model Y will manage to do better, it won’t be easy.



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Pedro Lima

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Counter-Strike Cat
2 years ago

Mazda 3 has higher ratings in 3 of 4 categories.

Magnus H
2 years ago

Model 3 shines in Safety Assist only due to it includes every safety feature in the base model. There’s nothing revolutionary about the car, the safety is great but so are other cars.

Juha Kärkkäinen
2 years ago

Under the current rating system covering 2018 and 2019, the second best Safety Assist score is 85% for Audi Q3. And at least some models are tested with and without optional safety pack and assigned separate scores. Under the previous rating system covering 2016 and 2017, Volvo XC60 at 95% and Volvo S/V90 at 93% were the only ones with over 90% score. However, under the new rating, Volvo XC40 and Volvo S/V60 got 78% rating. So its probably fair to say that Model 3 has the best Safety Assist system ever tested by Euro NCAP by a clear margin.

Magnus H
2 years ago

Not really, Elon Musk himself said as much: “Reason for top rating is that active steering & braking safety features of Tesla Autopilot are turned on no cost for all cars”

twitter dot com/elonmusk/status/1146546049932070912

Ralf K.
2 years ago

Are turned on no cost for all (Tesla) cars? It’s simply wrong. No *extra* cost, that’s what he meant. It’s included in the hefty base price.

I’m not sure anyways, whether Model 3 will actually shine in real crash statistics with really low crash and accident figures and really low insurance rates in return. Because what EURONCAP (and many other NCAPs around the world) neglects is, how drivers will behave and handle their cars. If – due to extensive marketing of “Autopilot” and misnomers like “Full Self Driving” – drivers will reduce their attention on traffic in return (a trend that is easy to witness and predict), *relying* on these active safety systems to take care, and doing other stuff instead like texting, reading, doing social media stuff, shaving, eating, napping, then they will eat up the safety margin of the car very easily.

From my point of view, a car that is “almost good” in handling traffic situations with its active safety systems will be a new risk, as it lulls drivers into a false sense of safety, and then suddenly strikes when least expected. I guess, future versions of the NCAP will likely improve and include more diverse traffic situations (such as at night, with rain) and take into account the counter-effects of too broad claims in the active safety domain and drivers’ reduced attention and care.

Ralf K.
2 years ago

In addition, two aspects make a Tesla Model 3 way more risky than many other cars:
1) its perverted rate of effortless acceleration even in the base model. If drivers use this often, especially in cities, they will surprise others (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians) and invalidate many predictions/assumptions that drivers currently make on the behaviour of other traffic participants. It makes almost no difference, whether an additional pedestrian warning system will be installed as other car drivers can’t hear that anyways. Today, speed is limited in cities by law, but not acceleration. FMPOV, this is a major flaw in traffic regulations around the world.
2) the extreme rate of software changes. While this may fix bugs, especially in ative safety systems, it can also help introduce new risky or faulty features, essentially making the cars a beta test fleet. Even the EURONCAP testing would have to be repeated for all these changes. It’s also no surprise that the connectivity, OTA updates and driving automation extend the attack surface of the cars to malicious attackers.
That’s why I recommend to think twice and beyond the EURONCAP safety assessment, which has not yet taken any of this into account yet. Chances and risks – both sides of a medal.

2 years ago

“In addition, two aspects make a Tesla Model 3 way more risky than many other cars“

Yet Tesl’s statistics clearly contradict your insupported theory hence the forth coming insurance option. How do you reconcile your conjecture with reality?