The Model 3 sedan and the upcoming Model Y crossover may be Tesla’s primary focus now, but the electric car maker’s flagship SUV, the Model X, is still racking up accolades in terms of safety. Just recently, for example, the Model X was awarded by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) with a stellar 5-Star Safety Rating, just like its smaller sibling, the Model 3.
Impressively, the Model X actually became a standout among the 5-Star safety-rated cars that the Euro NCAP tested. In its tests, the Model X received a score of 98 in adult safety, making it a candidate for the best-in-class award this year. The all-electric SUV also received a 94 rating for its safety equipment.
In a press release, Tesla noted that the Model X’s scores at the Euro NCAP were noteworthy for a number of reasons. These are:
- 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.
Together with the Model X was another highly-anticipated all-electric vehicle: the Porsche Taycan. The electric sports car from Stuttgart, Germany was able to receive a 5-Star safety rating from the Euro NCAP as well, though its individual scores do not match up to that of Tesla’s flagship SUV. The Taycan, for example, only gained a score of 85 for adult safety and 73% for safety equipment.
Ultimately, the Model X’s stellar scores at the Euro NCAP stands as a testament to Tesla’s experience in building all-electric cars that are designed from the ground up to be as safe as possible. The Model X, from its large size and heavy weight to its long list of standards safety equipment, remains one of the safest vehicles on the road, bar none. This is especially notable considering that the Model X has been in the market for over four years now.
The Model X’s scores also bode well for Tesla’s upcoming vehicles like the Model Y, Tesla Semi, Cybertruck, and next-gen Roadster. Considering Tesla’s reputation as a company that is obsessive with its vehicles’ safety features, there is a good chance that these four upcoming EVs will also end up earning ratings that are among the best in their class.
Watch the Tesla Model X’s safety test results from the Euro NCAP in the video below.