Euro NCAP tests two new electric cars: these have been their results

Two new electric models have passed through the Euro NCAP facilities to evaluate their levels of active and passive safety. In the last batch that Euro NCAP has put to the test, there were two electric cars: the BMW i4 and the Cupra Born. And although both have had a good rating in general terms, they have suffered the same fate, since the BMW i4 has not been able to get the famous five stars.

As you probably already know, Euro NCAP not only determines the damages to the occupants of the vehicle after an accident. From time to time, they also take into account the standard equipment in terms of active safety. Here are the driver assistance systems: the lane keeping assistant, the automatic emergency braking or the fatigue detector, for example.

The Cupra Born obtains excellent results in the Euro NCAP tests

The Cupra Born, twin brother of the Volkswagen ID.3, has repeated the good results of the Volkswagen. The Cupra Born has achieved a 93% grade in adult occupant protection (35.5 points out of a possible 38). It obtains “Good” or “Adequate” protection for the driver and passenger in all tests: frontal impact with fixed barrier, against moving barrier and partial overlap, side impact and rear impact. The Cupra Born is postulated, in fact, as the fourth model with the best protection for adult occupants of those tested this 2022, tied with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

also get very good grade in child occupant protection, with 89% (44 points out of 49 possible). It achieves the highest score in the crash test based on children aged 6 and 10, offering good protection in both frontal and side impacts. In protection of vulnerable road users, it achieves 73%, which allows it to be among the best tested this year.

Cupra Born Euro NCAP Results

Like most models on the market, the Cupra loses some points in terms of protection for the pedestrian’s head due to the A-pillars. In leg and pelvis protection it obtains the best possible score. However, the AEB autonomous emergency braking system performed “adequately” when responding to pedestrians and cyclists, since in some scenarios the system did not perform optimally.

In safety assistants, Euro NCAP says that the car-to-car autonomous braking system performed well, avoiding or mitigating damage in all scenarios tested. In this section, Euro NCAP also takes into account if the vehicle in question has certain standard equipment and in the case of the Cupra Born, it leaves some points because it does not come standard with speed limit sign recognition.

The BMW i4 leaves a star on the way

Said like this, it might seem that the BMW has beaten its rival from Mercedes, but no; we mean a Euro NCAP star. The BMW i4 has had to settle for only 4 stars, despite getting good grades in three of the four sections evaluated by this institution.

In adult occupant protection, the BMW i4 gets 33.3 points out of a possible 38 (87%). It is a good rating, although it does not reach the 90% that the best in this category do achieve (and exceed). One of the reasons is that the BMW i4 does not have knee airbags or a central airbag between the front seats. In child occupant protection, it obtains 43 points out of a possible 49 (87%), which is enough to be among the best in this category in 2022.

In protecting vulnerable road users, the BMW i4 shows off its active bonnet to offer very good protection for the pedestrian’s head in the event of a collision and the highest rating in leg protection. For the pelvis, however, it barely achieves a few tenths of a possible 6 points and Euro NCAP rates it as “Poor” protection.

BMW i4 Euro NCAP results

Where more points is left the BMW i4 is in the section of series security assistants. Although this model can be optionally equipped with the most advanced systems available to BMW, it does not come as standard with all the systems that Euro NCAP (and perhaps some customers) would like. The i4 comes standard with speed limit with camera and map based speed sign recognition. However, it leaves good points in the Emergency Lane Permanence section, where it gets a “Low” rating.

In the performance of the car-to-car emergency braking system, it obtains 3.8 points out of a possible 6, although it works adequately in all the tested scenarios except one (the vehicle proceeds to turn and another vehicle is coming from the front). It is strange that Euro NCAP awards only 3.8 points considering that in all other situations the autonomous emergency braking system performs well, avoiding the collision or mitigating damage in all scenarios. The results, by the way, are valid for both the BMW i4 eDrive40 and the i4 M50.

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