The Tesla Model 3 earned the highest safety assist score ever awarded by Euro NCAP under its newer 2018-2019 testing protocols.
As fun as it is to watch a Tesla Model 3 (or any vehicle) get pummeled in crash tests, understanding what helped push the company’s safety rating so high is far more interesting.
The testing measures four areas: how the vehicle protects adults and children, how it treats vulnerable road users like pedestrians and safety assist.
But it’s the safety assist score, which rates the standard safety features in the vehicle, where the Model 3 stands out.
Tesla has historically achieved high safety ratings thanks to the underlying architecture of the vehicle and its powertrain design, which makes the cars more rigid and better protects occupants.
Tesla expanded its AEB system to all Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles built since October 2016 via an over-the-air software update made earlier this year.
The location of the battery also gives the Model 3 and other Tesla vehicles a low center of gravity, which improves handling and reduces the chance of a rollover.
Instead, this assessment focused on the car’s active safety features such as automatic emergency braking system (AEB) or one that prevents drivers from unintentionally drifting into another lane.
The Model 3 earned a 96% score for how it protects adults and 86% for crash test performance in keeping children safe.