Eight out of ten models score full marks in latest Euro NCAP test
Of the ten cars tested by Euro NCAP, eight achieved maximum scores. Notable is the top performance of the BYD Atto 3, which follows in the footsteps of its Chinese predecessors.
The top results of Asian models in the previous round of Euro NCAP are mimicked by BYD. The Chinese brand, which after buses started expanding into the passenger vehicle market, achieved the top score of five stars with the compact all-electric crossover Atto 3. In addition to occupant protection (91%), the Atto 3 completed a good report for its safety assistants (74%).
The battery-powered Mercedes EQE performed even better (Safety Assist: 81%) and earned five stars. The only other electric car in the company, the Mobilize Limo, had to settle for four. The Limo is Renault's sedan for the professionals, such as cab companies, short- and long-term rentals, and ride-hailing, and was developed together with Chinese Jiangling. The Citroën C5 X joins its four-star rating.
No safety cutbacks for ICE
The lack of an internal combustion engine in the nose makes EVs more crash-resistant, but Euro NCAP nevertheless sees no signs of slackening in the ICE range. Michiel van Ratingen, "There is a lot of pressure on car manufacturers to extend the lifetimes of their vehicles, especially those of combustion-engined cars which will soon be replaced by all-electric models. Most vehicle manufacturers tend to ride it out, some may even consider safety cutbacks to maintain competitiveness."
However, no fewer than six models with a combustion engine, ranging from the upgraded Golf, Seat Ibiza and Arona, BMW X1 and 2 Series Active Tourer and Mazda CX-60 achieved five stars in the sixth round. "It is excellent to see Volkswagen continually improving the safety of the Golf," concluded van Ratingen.
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