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EuroNCAP: Subaru Outback, the best; Chinese electric cars, very safe

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ACD avatar ACD September 15, 2021

The latest EuroNCAP crash tests have crowned the Subaru Outback the best and highlight the safety of Chinese electrics.

As you well know, EuroNCAP is an independent body at European level that assesses the safety of new cars through crash tests that he performs on a regular basis. In this latest installment of its tests, it has awarded 5 stars to a number of models.

Thus, the Audi Q4 e-tron, the Lynk & Co 01, the NIO ES8, the Toyota MIrai, the Ford Kuga PHEV and the Subaru Outback obtained the highest marks. Precisely, ehe Japanese SUV has achieved the best global rating. Its strengths have been its wide and comprehensive range of driver assistance systems and excellent performance (top marks in all tests, except for the pedestrian recognition system in reverse). The only critical points were in the protection of the driver’s chest in the event of a frontal impact and of the child in the rear seat in the event of a side impact.

Good score for Chinese electric cars

NIO ES8 crash test

2 photos Crash test of the NIO ES8

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Behind, the Audi Q4 e-tron, Audi’s fully electric model. Has obtained the maximum score in child protection tests on board. The car’s driving assistance systems include monitoring the driver’s driving condition, applying the brakes after a collision (to avoid secondary impacts) and an advanced eCall system. The only critical points are the marginal performance of the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) system in some scenarios and the poor protection of the pelvis of a hit pedestrian.

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Chinese electric models, such as the Lynk & Co 01, owned by Geely, and the NIO ES8 have also achieved the highest rating, demystifying the legend that cars from China did not stand out for their safety. Likewise, the hydrogen Toyota Mirai and the Ford Kuga plug-in hybrid can also boast of their safety and occupant protection.

“This new series of EuroNCAP tests stands out for the variety of fuels used in the tested models“, Explains Angelo Sticchi Damiani, President of the Automobile Club d’Italia:” In addition to traditional fuels, hybrid cars, fully electric cars and a vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cells were evaluated. We are in a transition phase in mobility whose objectives are sustainability and respect for the environment. We are pleased to note that the excellent results of all the models tested demonstrate the manufacturers ‘continued commitment to making cars ever safer.’

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