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Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model X achieve top safety ratings

Tesla Model X scored five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests

High performance electric vehicle (EV) emerged from the latest round of Euro NCAP crash test with top safety ratings, with both the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model X emerging with five stars.

The Tesla achieved a 98% score in Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and 94% in Safety Assist – the category which assesses safety technology – to ensure that it was listed among the safest cars on the market, while the Porsche achieved 85% in AOP and 83% in Safety Assist.

Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP board member, said: “The devil’s in the detail when you compare the Euro NCAP assessments of the Tesla Model X and Porsche Taycan. Both are safe cars, but the Tesla Model X is the stand-out.”

The Model X’s 94% Safety Assist score matches the result achieved by the Tesla Model 3 earlier in 2019.

This remains the best result in the category by some margin, although the 83% score achieved by the Porsche Taycan is now the second highest Safety Assist score this year.

“Tesla has long touted its cars as some of the safest on the market and given the performance of the Tesla Model 3 and Model X in Euro NCAP testing, they might just be right,” added Avery.

“However, the brand’s tendency to overstate the autonomous capability of its driver support systems remains a concern.

“These systems are leaders in crash avoidance, but drivers should not be encouraged to over-rely on them and must stay attentive at all times.”

The Tesla Model X achieved its category leading score for a variety of reasons, according to Avery. “The car performed exceedingly well in most assessments of its safety technologies,” he said.

“Where the Autonomous Emergency Braking systems fitted to some vehicles struggle to identify impact targets and brake too late, the Tesla Model X does so very early and brakes intelligently. Multiple cameras on the front, side and B-pillar, combine with radar to give it state-of-the-art performance.”

Jeep's Renegade faired less well in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests, becoming the first car of 2019 to receive three-stars.

The result comes after October's test results revealed that Jeep's Cherokee SUV had joined the new Peugeot 208 hatchback in falling short of Euro NCAP’s five star vehicle safety rating as BMW’s new 3 Series and 1 Series models scored top ratings.

Despite its overall four-star rating, the Volkswagen Sharan also attracted some criticism for its performance in the side pole test.

The side door detached during the impact, presenting a risk of occupant ejection.

“Although the Volkswagen Sharan is an older design, families will still choose it. A structural failure of this magnitude in impact testing is disappointing,” said Avery.

Commenting on the Jeep’s disappointing result, Avery added: “Jeep’s record in Euro NCAP testing is variable, to say the least.

“Last year the Jeep Wrangler was given a one-star rating, one of the lowest ever seen.

“The 2019 Jeep Cherokee was an improvement, but the Jeep Renegade shows the brand falling behind on safety again. Just compare it to the safety performance of the Mazda CX-30, which is in the same class of vehicle.”

Below are the full results from the latest round of Euro NCAP safety tests:

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