Euro NCAP tests five electric cars

Euro NCAP tests five electric cars
Euro NCAP tests five electric cars

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 (★★★★★)

MG ZS EV Euro NCAP ratings

 

 

Aiways U5 (★★★)

Aiways U5 Euro NCAP ratings

 

 

VW electric triplets (★★★)

Škoda CITIGO Euro NCAP ratings

 

 

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.

 

 

More info:

https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/mg/zs-ev/39678

https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/skoda/citigo/39973

https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/aiways/u5/39672

https://www.euroncap.com/en/ratings-rewards/hybrid-electric-vehicles

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/volkswagen/up/108691/volkswagen-up-loses-two-ncap-stars-as-vw-removes-auto-braking-function

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p-run

I don’t know why MG has Safety assist rating 70% and Aiways only 55%. From posted videos it seems like it should be other way around…

Freddy

I don’t know either vehicles, but sometimes in some chinese brands (eletronics and others), some mentioned fuctions don’t exactly work as they mention…
My reply may look like a pre-assumption but believe European Institutes test every function thoroughly.

3 stars on a 2019 SUV is not good as a start for Aiways…

For the triplets… I agree with NCAP that automatic break assistance is a must-have on a 2019 sold car

Freddy

yeahp… as mentioned some of the functions of the car did not work as expected. Full review of the test available at:
https://cdn.euroncap.com/media/57716/euroncap-2019-aiways-u5-datasheet.pdf

The speed assistance system only got 0,3 points (out of 3).

“The speed assistance system uses a camera to identify local speed limits. This information is presented to the driver who can then set the speed limiter as appropriate. However, system did not work robustly: many signs were not recognised and the information presented to the driver was inadequate.”

https://www.euroncap.com/en/results/aiways/u5/39672

Magnus H

Any idea why they remove AEB but kept lane assist? Does that really save anything? Or are they saving a radar?

Modern AEB systems use a combination of different sensors (LiDAR, RADAR and Camera). The outgoing model of the VW e-up only had a camera, which wasn’t very reliable. My guess is that VW didn’t trust that old AEB system and decided to remove it instead of upgrading it to cut some costs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7_Bk70eSfo

Magnus H

Thanks, that sounds plausible. The e-Up got 5 stars in 2011, the safety requirements are improving fast!