MG ZS is first electric Chinese car to get 5 EuroNCAP stars
Previous attempts by Chinese OEMs to build cars that are sturdy enough to pass EuroNCAP’s crash tests have failed miserably. Remember the Landwind CX-9 back in 2010: it received a meagre 2 star rating. The Chinese are eager pupils, though. The Geely Emgrand EC7 scored 4 stares in 2011 and the Qoros 3 Sedan aced it 2013, scoring a maximum of 5 stars.
In the meantime EuroNCAP has tightened its criteria, meaning that 5 stars today are worth (a lot) more than back in 2013. It is all the more applaudable that the MG ZS EV, an all-electric B-segment crossover built by SAIC in China, does at least as well as its competitors, such as the Hyundai Kona Electric.
On the section Adult Occupant, it gets 90%, whereas in the Child Occupant chapter this MG received a rating of 85%. For Vulnerable Road Users, the result was a bit less convincing: 64%, but the standard suite of ADAS translated into a relatively good 70% on Safety Assist. By way of comparison, the aforementioned Hyundai Kona Electric got 87%, 85%, 62% and 60% back in 2017.
Conclusion: yes, the Chinese have learned how to build safe cars that meet the European standards and as such deserve a place on our market – especially if they democratize electric driving.