Euro NCAP has released the results of its latest batch of safety ratings, test-crashing three SA-bound models: the new Porsche Taycan and Renault Captur and facelifted Audi Q7. Additionally, the new Ford Kuga was also put to the test.
The three SUVs fared quite well with all three securing a five-star rating. The Audi Q7 managed to achieve 92 percent for adult occupant, 86 percent for child occupant and 71 percent for pedestrian safety.
The smaller Renault Captur managed to achieve a 96 percent, 83 percent and 75 percent for adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian safety, respectively. The Ford Kuga scored similar results with 92 percent adult, 86 percent child and a higher 82 percent pedestrian rating.
Despite achieving five stars, the Porsche Taycan interestingly scored 85 percent for adult occupants and 83 percent for child occupants. Pedestrian safety was rated at 70 percent. Scoring much higher was the Model X, which secured an impressive 98 percent for adult occupants as well as an 81 percent for child occupants and 70 percent for pedestrians.
Another impressive achiever was the Subaru Forester which secured 97 percent for adult occupants, 91 percent for child occupants and 80 percent for pedestrians. Earning four and three stars respectively were the all-new Peugeot 2008 and Jeep Renegade, which both lost points in pedestrian safety and standard safety equipment ratings. The 2008 with the optional safety pack pushes it up to five stars.
“Well done to Tesla and the other 5 stars performers for not only bringing best in class performance in testing but also making safety systems accessible and standard,” said Michiel van Ratingen, secretary general of Euro NCAP.
Watch the four vehicles undergoing their crash tests in the videos below…