Tesla Model X earns 5 star European safety rating from NCAP, beating out the Porsche Taycan

With an already impressive 5-star safety rating in North America from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) making it the safest SUV ever tested, the Tesla Model X now has a similar rating from the European testing body NCAP (New Car Assessment Programme).

In awarding the highest available 5 star rating, they said the Model X was a standout performer, earning a 98% rating for adult occupant protection (AOP), an 81% rating for child occupant protection, 72% for vulnerable road users, and a 94% rating for safety assist.

The Porsche Taycan also received a 5-star safety rating, but their scores were not as high as Tesla in many categories, like an 85% rating for AOP and 83 per cent in safety assist. As Matthew Avery, director of research at Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP board member, pointed out in this comment about the tests:

“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.”

These rating for the Model X come after the Model 3 also received very high marks in testing from NCAP, but they point out they are concerned that Tesla’s claims about autonomous capability in their vehicles tend to overstate their effectiveness.

“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. 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.”

You can see more results and read the full report here.

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