Tesla Model X SUV was awarded a five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in tests that are standards for Europe.

Tesla Model X SUV was awarded a five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in tests that are standards for Europe.

Tesla Inc. said today that its Model X SUV was awarded a five-star rating by the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) in tests that are standards for Europe.

"Model X made history when it became the first and only SUV to ever receive a 5-star safety rating in every category and sub-category from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Today, we’re excited to build on that legacy with the addition of a 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), which evaluates a car’s safety assistance features as well as its ability to protect adults, children and vulnerable road users.

Model X’s top performance and score in Euro NCAP testing is notable for several reasons:

It earned the highest overall rating to date in the 2018/2019 protocol for the Large Off-Road class.
It earned the exact same overall score as Model 3 – showing that our large SUV is just as safe as our smallest and most affordable sedan.
Model X achieved the exact same Safety Assist score that Model 3 got earlier this year, which is the highest ever recorded Safety Assist score under Euro NCAP’s current and most stringent protocol to date. And, these Model X tests were the first time an official safety rating organization has tested our new full self-driving computer.
Model X achieved a near-perfect score in the Adult Occupant Protection category, scoring a full 8 out of 8 points on the Frontal Offset Deformable Barrier test, and 16 out of 16 possible points on the Side Impact tests.
All of these results are made possible by our all-electric architecture, which provides a low center of gravity, rigid passenger compartment, and large crumple zone. And, with our over-the-air updates, Model X (like all Tesla vehicles) continues to get even safer over time.

We’re committed to building the safest cars on the road, and we’re excited to add these new Euro NCAP results to Model X’s record of safety excellence," - said on the Tesla website.


Today, December 4th, Euro NCAP published its second to last release of the year. A dozen cars were put to the test against the 2018-2019 protocols that within a little reached the end. The Tesla Model X, Porsche Taycan, Audi Q7, Renault Captur, Subaru Forester, Škoda Octavia, Ford Mondeo and Ford Kuga all achieve the coveted five-star rating. The Peugeot 2008 was tested with optional safety pack and with standard safety equipment achieving five and four stars, respectively. The updated VW Sharan and twin sister SEAT Alhambra get a creditable four stars, while the facelifted Jeep Renegade claims only three.

"The stand-out performer of this round is undoubtedly Tesla’s Model X, scoring 94 percent for Safety Assist, the same as the Model 3 scored early this year. This makes the two Teslas the best performers in this part of the assessment against Euro NCAP’s most recent protocols.  The recently-updated Model X also achieved an impressive 98 percent for adult occupant protection, making it strong contender for Best in Class this year.," NCAP said in a statement.

This is awesome news. Tesla once again receives the highest safety rating, making its products even more desirable.

According to the Pulitzer Center, the total number of deaths on world roads has reached 1 million 240 thousand deaths per year, and, unfortunately, there is every chance to triple the number to 3.6 million per year by 2030. In developing countries, road deaths have become the fifth leading cause of death.

This is a serious problem. Tesla is equipped with advanced driver assistance systems and a Full Self-Driving system, which already adds many points to its safety. All of us have repeatedly seen many videos where, thanks to these systems, the Tesla car avoids dangerous collisions. Also, each of us understands that at some point, we and our family may become a victim of a car accident. That is why Tesla is working so hard to ensure that all of their cars are the safest. And even if an accident occurs, then all Tesla passengers will be in maximum safety. Receiving this award is an excellent confirmation of the success of the work that Tesla does.

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