ANCAP’s latest round of testing has revealed the Tesla Model 3 and the all-new (5th-generation) Audi A6 to be the recipients of a 5-star safety rating. It’s not all too surprising as both cars have walked away with similarly high scores from Euro NCAP.
Due to the way electric cars are constructed - not having a centralised engine and transmission and therefore more room for structural reinforcement and/or thicker impact-absorbing crumple zones - the Tesla was mostly a shoe-in for a 5-star nod.
The Model 3 received a 96 percent on the Adult Occupant Protection section of the scorecard thanks to its full marks on the four destructive crash tests, including head-on collisions. The car also received a high 87 percent score for Child Occupant Protection.
“This is an impressive result, and great to see electric vehicles continuing to prioritise safety. It is encouraging to see Tesla give equal attention to the active safety systems and technologies on board as well as the safety fundamentals through the structure and restraints,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.
The A6 did well too, scoring a very high 93 percent in Adult Occupant Protection and an 85 percent for Child Occupant Protection. Both cars do come equipped with a generous amount of active safety kit - a must to bag a 5-star score these days - such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Lane Departure Warning.