Today, the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) announces the winners from 2022, the safety organisation’s busiest-ever year. These are the cars that achieved the highest overall scores, based on their results for Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Vulnerable User Protection and Safety Assist technologies. Electric vehicles (EVs) led the way in the results showing their quality and how safe they are.
For the first time, this list includes two cars from Tesla and two Chinese newcomers to the European market. These results underline the importance of the Euro NCAP five-star rating for establishing safety, credibility, and quality in the European market for vehicle manufacturers in Europe, but also beyond Europe’s borders.
The winners are the following: Hyundai IONIQ 6 (pictured above) wins the best-in-class award in the Large Family Car category; the GWM ORA Funky Cat in the Small Family Car Category; Tesla Model S in the Executive Car category; Tesla Model Y (pictured below) in the Small Off-Roader category and finally WEY Coffee 01 in the Large Off-Roader category.
Hyundai’s IONIQ 6 electric saloon achieved exceptionally high results in Adult Occupant Protection with 97%. Fully electric, and with the latest safety technologies, the IONIQ 6 certainly follows the trajectory of recent automotive developments.
For child occupants, the IONIQ 6 provided good protection for all critical body regions of both the 6- and 10-year dummies in the frontal offset and side barrier tests and scored maximum points in this part of the assessment.
2022 was notable for the number of new Chinese brands coming to Europe and achieving great results. Following some less-than-successful attempts to break into the European market in the past, several manufacturers are showing that Chinese brands can now compete on safety with well-established European brands.
In the Small Family Car category, the GWM ORA Funky Cat, a small electric hatchback, is exceptionally well equipped and, being at the top of its class, outperformed several familiar brands.
The second Chinese brand car in our best-in-class list is the WEY Coffee 01, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), again highly equipped and performing well in all categories. It was closely followed by the LEXUS RX, also a PHEV.
Tesla has made a huge impact on the European car market due to its design and ethos. The company has also been determined to make a name for its brand in safety performance.
Tesla Model S and Tesla Model Y are both high achievers in Adult Occupant Protection and both vehicles achieved the highest score of 98% in Safety Assist of all the vehicles in this list. Tesla Model S is also the best-in-class achiever in the Pure Electric category.