Volkswagen’s new ID.5 electric vehicle (EV) has received the highest score of five stars in the renowned European New Car Assessment Programme Euro (NCAP) safety test.
The testers gave the new all-electric crossover-style sports utility vehicle (SUV) coupé excellent ratings in all four tested criteria. These include the protection of adult occupants, children and vulnerable road users and standard assist systems.
In the ‘adult occupants’ test the ID.5 achieved 93 percent of the total possible points. The assessment is based on factors including frontal impact, lateral impact and whiplash tests. The high result for the ID.5 was determined based on the crash tests and an assessment of the measures for the fastest possible rescue and recovery.
A further important safety feature is the centre airbag for the front seats. In the event of a side collision, this can help to prevent or at least reduce possible head contact between the persons in the first seat row.
The ID.5 achieved a result of 89 percent in the ‘protection of children’ category. The focus here is also on the options for the safe installation of child seats of various sizes, as well as the equipment that a vehicle offers for the safe transportation of children.
In the ‘assist systems’ category, the ID.5 scored 85 percent of the maximum score. As standard equipment, it features the Driver Alert System, the Front Assist emergency braking system with city emergency braking function and pedestrian detection, as well as the Lane Assist lane keeping assistant.
The ID.5 also includes visual and acoustic seat belt reminders in the first row of seats, as well as the seat occupancy recognition in the second row of seats, which were evaluated highly in this category.
Euro NCAP also examines how well automatic emergency braking systems can protect vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists in the event of an impending collision. Euro NCAP has determined that the Front Assist system – equipped as standard in the ID.5, is very effective at detecting these road users.
The area monitoring system recognises critical distance situations using a radar sensor and camera and helps to shorten the stopping distance. In dangerous situations, the system warns the driver visually and acoustically and also by using a braking jolt and automatic braking. In the area of protection of pedestrians and cyclists, the ID.5 achieved a result of 76 percent.
The ID.5 follows in the footsteps of Volkswagen’s compact ID.3 and ID.4 SUV electric cars that also received the highest ratings in the Euro NCAP.