The Tesla Model Y has been awarded a five-star rating from ANCAP, based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP.
The rating applies to both the base rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel drive Performance.
The electric crossover received an adult occupant protection rating of 97 per cent, a child occupant protection rating of 89 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 82 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 98 per cent.
The safety assist rating is the highest such score in this category to date, while the Model Y’s adult occupant protection rating is the highest thus far under the current 2020-22 rating criteria.
ANCAP praised the Tesla for its inclusion of a direct driver monitoring system (DMS), which uses a camera to monitor the driver and detect if they’re distracted.
From 2023, ANCAP will assess direct DMS functionality under new test protocols.
While ANCAP praised the autonomous emergency braking system’s ability to detect and react to pedestrians and cyclists, it recorded Weak and Poor results for pedestrian head protection against the base of the windscreen and on the stiff windscreen pillars.
Protection of the pedestrian’s legs and pelvis, however, was deemed Good.
All Model Y vehicles in Australia come standard with the following safety equipment:
- AEB with pedestrian/cyclist detection
- Forward collision warning
- Lane departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot monitoring
Rear cross-traffic alert isn’t available.
The GV60, a direct rival for the Model Y, matched the Tesla’s child occupant protection rating but received an adult occupant protection rating of 89 per cent, a vulnerable road user protection rating of 63 per cent, and a safety assist rating of 88 per cent.
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