Tesla’s Model 3 has scored a top rated 5 stars in Euro NCAP safety testing with the highest rating recorded in the Safety Assist category, writes Trish Whelan.
Euro NCAP praised the car’s perfect score in the front offset deformable barrier crash test and its performance in Safety Assist tests thanks to ‘superb’ driver assistance systems.
The Programme’s four categories - each of which Model 3 earned 5 stars in - evaluate a car’s ability to protect adults, children, vulnerable road users like cyclists and pedestrians, as well as its safety assistance features. In its ‘Safety Assist’ category which evaluates a car’s active safety features including its ability to avoid accidents, mitigate injuries and prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of their lane, Model 3 earned the highest score that Euro NCAP has awarded to date under the strict 2018/2019 testing protocols.
Tesla say they engineered Model 3 ‘to be the safest car ever built’. It is the company’s smaller, simpler, more affordable car. It is available here with AWD Performance and RWD in Standard Range Plus.
Model 3 combines industry-leading powertrain efficiency, aerodynamics and chassis technology to deliver the longest range of any comparable electric saloon with a WLTP range of up to 530km. The car’s powertrain technology has been designed for ultra-high endurance, and Tesla has proven its technology over more than 10 billion miles of real-world driving across its global fleet of vehicles.
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As with other Teslas, Model 3 will continue to receive updates which add new features and enhance functionality over time. Premium connectivity is included as standard for one year which contains satellite maps with live traffic visualisation, Spotify and over-the-air updates via Wi-Fi & cellular.
All Model 3 customers have pay-per-use access to Tesla’s global Supercharger network which is reserved specifically for Tesla owners; there are more than 430 Supercharger locations with over 3,600 Superchargers in Europe, and growing constantly. In Europe, Model 3 comes with a built-in CCS Charge Port for compatibility with third party fast charging networks giving their customers the most charging flexibility compared to any EV on the market.
Model 3 is also Tesla’s most affordable car yet with the entry level starting at €48,900. First deliveries for reservation holders begin this month.
Model 3 Performance is the quickest car in its class, capable of achieving 0-100km/h in 3.4s. It comes with the Long Range Battery for 530km of WLTP range and Dual-Motor All-Wheel Drive for enhanced performance and traction in any weather.
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