Euro NCAP has released the results of their latest safety tests, with the first European offerings of two Chinese brands – Lynk & Co’s 01 hybrid and NIO’s electric ES8 – achieving the maximum five-star rating.
Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen, commented: “A wave of China-made new energy vehicles in Europe is under way [and] it’s clear that manufacturers know that Euro NCAP will hold them to high standards if they want to sell cars in Europe.”
Lynk & Co 01
Lynk and Co is a Chinese brand which is new to Europe, and their 01 SUV is due to be released in the UK soon. Owned by the same conglomerate as Volvo, the 01 takes advantage of its Geely family connection and shares its underpinnings with the Volvo XC40.
The results are impressive, with the hybrid performing well all-round to attain a five-star safety rating. But its 96 percent score for adult occupant protection, including a maximum score for side impact, which makes it stand out.
Another Chinese car new to Europe is NIO’s ES8. The all-electric seven-seater SUV aims to take the battle to the Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X, and in the safety stakes it manages to compete by offering excellent results for its autonomous emergency braking system and a full complement of other crash-avoidance features.
That helps the NIO gain a 92 percent score for Safety Assist ahead of it’s UK arrival next year.
Subaru has long had a reputation for safety and reliability, and the all-new Subaru Outback continues that tradition.
Offering an outstanding score of 95 percent for Safety Assist, the car is equipped with a system which detects signs of fatigue or impairment directly from the driver’s eye movements. This combines with the steering behaviour to issue a warning when a break is needed.
The Subaru Outback is one of the first production cars to feature this innovative technology, which is expected to become more mainstream in the coming years.
As the only hydrogen-powered car currently available in the UK, safety is of paramount importance to the Toyota Mirai due to the car’s high-pressure tank storing hydrogen.
Understanding that some consumers may be apprehensive about the risk with the technology, Euro NCAP paid extra attention to the crash and post-crash safety of the Mirai. They found that the fact that it’s powered by hydrogen had no effect on its inherent safety, awarding it the full five stars.
Audi Q4 e-tron
Characterised by technological innovation, sportiness and functionality, Audi’s compact fully-electric SUV performs as well as the VW-group cousins with which it shares the ubiquitous MEB platform.
Like the VW ID.4 and Skoda Enyaq before it, the Audi Q4 e-tron gets a maximum five-star rating to reflect its solid all-round performance.
Michiel van Ratingen, Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, said: “This round of tests highlights the direction in which car technology is moving. All but one of the cars are electrified in some way or another”
Euro NCAP 2021 safety ratings
Here’s the current Euro NCAP ratings for 2021’s new car releases: