With a perfect safety rating under its belt, the Tesla Model 3 is sure to gain further popularity, not to mention the added star in Tesla's reputation as a carmaker.
The Tesla Model 3 has recently undergone of series of crash tests by the Euro NCAP and has emerged as a strong vehicle, with a perfect 5-star rating. In Euro NCAP's four main scoring categories, namely Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road Users & Safety Assist, the Model 3 scored 96 per cent, 86 per cent, 74 per cent and 94 per cent, respectively. While the scores are impressive, its 94 per cent score in the 2019 Safety Assist tests has become a benchmark, as it is the best score yet, under Euro NCAP's recent protocol.
In the Adult Occupant tests, where the Model 3 has got the highest score, it has performed exceedingly well with a score of 36.7 out of a maximum of 38 points. It's got a perfect score, 8/8 and 4/4, for its frontal offset crash safety & Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) performance in the city, respectively. The areas where it can improve include chest protection for rear passengers and chest & ribcage protection in case of a side pole impact.
In the Child Occupant category too, the Model 3 impressed with good scores in all the tests, except for the frontal offset test wherein the neck tension readings of the dummy (representing a 10-year old child) revealed marginal protection. Model 3 also performed well in terms of child safety restraint types (installation & accommodation).
In the remaining two categories, Vulnerable Road Users (pedestrian safety) & Safety Assist, the Model 3 bagged a score of 35.7 out of 48, and 12 out of 13, respectively. While Euro NCAP has given a special mention to the Model 3's 'superb driver assistance systems', the car has lost some points in terms of the pedestrian's head protection in case of a head-on collision. This has been attributed to the minimal protection levels offered by the base of the windscreen and 'stiff' windscreen pillars.