From the latest batch of electric cars tested, only the MG ZS EV achieves the maximum 5 star Euro NCAP safety rating.
MG ZS EV (★★★★★)
Aiways U5 (★★★)
VW electric triplets (★★★)
The disappointing 3-star Euro NCAP safety rating for the VW electric triplets can be explained by the removal of AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking).
Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham, commented:
“the withdrawal of its City AEB system is a major shortcoming, not least because consumers will be considering it as an affordable electric city-car option. The lack of an AEB system to avoid or mitigate collisions in a city-driving environment is therefore a significant omission.”
A spokesperson from Volkswagen commented the following about the Euro NCAP downgrade:
“The up! was reassessed this year and achieved three stars, as we hoped it would. Excellent passenger protection and Lane Assist installed as standard – as well as curtain and side airbags – make it one of the safest vehicles in its class. Due to the fact that the test conditions have become significantly tougher in recent years, three stars can be considered a very good rating.”
I agree with Euro NCAP that AEB is more important than Lane Assist for preventing car accidents, unfortunately Volkswagen thinks otherwise.