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Tesla Model 3 scores highest-ever Euro NCAP Safety Assist score

The Tesla Model 3, Škoda Scala and Mercedes-Benz B-Class and latest GLE have earned five-star ratings in the latest batch of Euro NCAP ratings, with Tesla putting in a particularly strong performance.

The Model 3’s 94% Euro NCAP Safety Assist score is the highest yet

The results saw Euro NCAP praise the Model 3’s “perfect score” in the front offset deformable barrier crash test while its 94% rating in the Safety Assist tests is the best yet under Euro NCAP’s most recent protocol and has been credited to the Model 3’s “superb” driver assistance systems, such as  lane support, speed assist and autonomous emergency braking.

The Tesla also scored a figure of 94% for adult occupant protection, 86% for child occupant and 74% for vulnerable road users.

In a blog post,Tesla said: “Model 3 is our most affordable car yet, and safety is something that is paramount to all drivers. That’s why we engineered Model 3 from the ground up with the strongest structure, best occupant restraint system and the most advanced safety features that we could imagine, with a goal of getting as many of them on the road as possible. As Model 3 continues to earn the highest safety ratings around the globe, we hope that it translates into one very important point for our customers – peace of mind knowing that their car is helping them drive safely.”

However, Škoda’s new Scala just pipped the Model 3 in overall crash performance, with a 97% score in adult occupant protection – putting it amongst the top small-family cars tested by Euro NCAP for this part of the assessment, along with the recently tested Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Mazda 3. The Škoda also scored 87% for child safety, 81% for vulnerable road users and 76% for safety assist.

The results for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and GLE marked the brand’s 10th and 11th five-star results since 2014.

The results also saw the Kia Ceed and DS 3 Crossback rated, with both scoring four stars with equipment offered as standard but making it into five stars when equipped with an optional safety pack. As such, buyers are urged to check out these packs.

Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general at Euro NCAP, said: “It’s great to see cars doing so well. Our tests get tougher and tougher, and cars continue to perform well, which means that car-buyers are getting an ever-safer range of vehicles to choose from. Next year, we up the ante again, with better tests of driver-assistance systems, a completely new frontal crash test and more attention to protection in side crashes. These new tests should help to make the roads safer for everyone.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.