Tesla’s newest release, the Model 3, has achieved strong results in the areas of occupant protection and active collision avoidance scoring a 5 star ANCAP safety rating. The Audi A6 sedan also performed well, achieving 5 stars.
A score of 96 per cent was achieved by the Tesla Model 3 for Adult Occupant Protection with full points achieved for the driver in three of four destructive crash tests. Full points were also scored by the front passenger in the frontal offset test which simulates a head-on crash. Maximum points were scored for child occupants in the side impact test.
Of equal note was the 94 per cent score for Safety Assist – the highest Safety Assist score achieved against current protocols. The Model 3 is equipped with a range of driver assistance systems including an advanced lane support system capable of emergency lane-keeping which actively intervenes to avoid steering into the path of an oncoming or adjacent vehicle.
“This is an impressive result, and great to see electric vehicles continuing to prioritise safety” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.
“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,” Goodwin said.
The Audi A6 is well equipped with a range of safety features and technologies. It performed well across the range of assessments and is equipped with an active bonnet to reduce injury to pedestrians.
“The Audi A6 offers a good mix of safety systems for adults, children and other road users,” Goodwin added.
5 star ANCAP safety ratings apply to all Australian and New Zealand variants of the Tesla Model 3 and Audi A6 variants with the exception of the S6.