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The Euro NCAP has recently been conducted on 55 new car models, and 41 of which met their safety requirements including Subaru Forester, Mercedes CLA, Tesla Model 3 and other worthy mentions.

Euro NCAP program has recently been conducted on 55 new car models, of which 41 had met the safety requirements. Specifically, For superminis in Europe, Renault Clio and Audi A1 emerged victor in terms of safety. Next comes Ford Puma.

For Small Family Cars, Mercedes-Benz CLA is the safest, then comes Mazda3. For Large Family Cars, Tesla Model 3 and BMW 3-Series took first places. In which, BMW scores highest for its assurance for both passengers and pedestrians, whereas Tesla Model 3 was appreciated thanks to Safety Assist. Skoda Octavia stands third in the chart.

Regarding Large Off-Road models (so-called by Euro NCAP), Tesla Model X ranks first place, astonishingly. Next comes an SUV from Seat Tarraco (which shares similar chassis to Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq). Subaru Forester is the safest among Small Off-Roads/MPV. Position 2 and 3 are Mazda CX-30 and VW T-Cross. Through the list, it is magnificent to see that Tesla now has 2 models that are safest of the bunch that are Tesla Model 3 and Model X.

To sum up, the following models are the best in their segments as voted by Euro NCAP 2019:

  • Supermini: Audi A1 & Renault Clio (Ford Puma)
  • Small Family Car: Mercedes-Benz CLA (Mazda3)
  • Large Family Car: Tesla Model 3 & BMW 3-Series (Skoda Octavia)
  • Large Off-Road: Tesla Model X (Seat Tarraco)
  • Small Off-Road/MPV: Subaru Forester (Mazda CX-30 & VW T-Cross)
  • Hybrid & Electric: Tesla Model 3 (Tesla Model X)


The Belgium-based Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) was founded in 1997 and evaluates automobile’s safety features. Euro NCAP either selects specific models for testing or use that which is provided voluntarily by manufacturers. Fundamentally, these tests are developed upon an American program, of course with modifications for European suitability.

Categories set out by Euro NCAP consist of: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist… and more. That is to say the program is highly detailed and reliable. Furthermore, most evaluated units are in their Standard versions, while others may be equipped with additional safety features.


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