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The safest electric cars: what the top looks like

The safest electric cars: what the top looks like

The new electric cars Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge are two of the safest cars on the road according to independent crash tests.

The Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge both receive five out of five perfect stars in the latest Euro NCAP crash tests, surpassing the latest generations of conventionally powered Vauxhall Astra and Peugeot 308, both of which still score a decent four out of five.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class joins Kia and Volvo and gets five out of five stars. Euro NCAP Class C, Astra and 308 classifications also apply to plug-in hybrid versions.

Kia EV6 – 5 stars

Kia now has an impressive range of electric cars, Kia EV6 followed by Kia Soul EV and Kia e-Niro.

Kia EV6 performed extremely well in Euro NCAP crash tests, with a near perfect score of 90% for adult car protection – closely followed by scores of 86% and 87% respectively for child protection and assistive technology. to safety.

It scored less well for the protection of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists (64%), but it is still a good result.

Volvo C40 Charging – 5 stars

The electric car C40 Recharge is a coupé version of the Volvo XC40 Recharge and started very quickly in terms of safety.

In terms of safety assist technology, the C40 Recharge outperforms the other cars tested by 89%. In fact, the edge of the Kia EV6 in every head area, gets 92% for adult protection in the car and 89% for children. To protect vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists, it scored a decent 70%.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 5 stars

The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class excels in Euro NCAP tests in all areas. Unlike the all-electric Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge, the C-Class is a lightweight hybrid.

The C-Class is equipped with an active hood, which means that the bumper sensors detect when a pedestrian has been hit and raise the hood to avoid a collision with the car’s harder structures.

This helps Mercedes achieve a maximum of 80% for the protection of vulnerable road users, to match strong scores of 93% and 89% for the protection of adults and children and 82% for safety assistance technology respectively. †

Peugeot 308 – 4 stars

Although it cannot match the five-star performance of the aforementioned Kia, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo cars, the Peugeot 308 has achieved good results in the protection of adults (76%) and children (84%). For its safety assist technology, it has been awarded 65% and 68% to protect vulnerable road users.

308 offers a lot of accident prevention technology, but Euro NCAP noted that its AEB (Emergency Braking System) system only worked “marginally” to avoid collisions with other vehicles. AEB is designed to automatically brake to reduce impact when the car senses that a collision is imminent.

Opel Astra – 4 stars

The Opel Astra and Peugeot 308 share the same foundation, so it’s no surprise that they share the same not-so-perfect four-out-of-five score – although it’s a commendable achievement nonetheless.

In two crash tests where the Astra crashed into a full-width guardrail on one side, Euro NCAP found that there was only ‘marginal’ chest protection for medium-sized drivers and young women. Euro NCAP also noted that neither the Astra nor the Peugeot 308 have a central airbag to protect people who slip over the car in a collision from the other side.

In total, Astra earned 80% for the protection of adults and 82% for children, 66% for safety assist technology and 67% for the protection of vulnerable road users.

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