Tesla Model 3 wins over Porsche Taycan in Euro NCAP crash safety scores
There is good news for Porsche and there is bad news for Porsche — the good news is that the Taycan (all variants) has earned a 5-star safety rating from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), the bad news is Tesla Model 3 has beaten the Taycan’s score in every major category with a good margin.
Euro NCAP posted the crash test report and video of the Porsche Taycan last week, if we don’t compare it with the Model 3 results, it all looks good and everyone knows that comparison is the thief of joy.
For Model 3 owners and potential customers, this proverb should be changed to ‘comparison is the Santa who brings joy’, yeah — after looking at the crash test video of the Taycan I suddenly realized that we have covered the detailed report for Tesla Model 3 Euro NCAP test back in July, so why not check to compare, and the following comparison table was born as a result.
Porsche Taycan vs. Tesla Model 3 Euro NCAP Safety Test Scores
The reason for Porsche Taycan performing so low in the AEB tests is that this score is directly related to the dynamic safety performance in the front seats, in which the Taycan is lacking, lagging way behind the Tesla Model 3, Euro NCAP explain the reason in their details report as (full PDF below):
The passenger compartment of the Taycan remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Porsche showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good or adequate for both occupants, with the exception of the rear passenger’s chest, for which dummy readings of compression indicated a marginal level of protection. In the side barrier impact, protection of all critical body areas was good and the car scored full points in these tests. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body areas was good. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. A geometric assessment of the rear seats also indicated marginal whiplash protection. The standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds at which many whiplash injuries occur. However, the Taycan was not awarded the points for these tests as good dynamic performance in the front seats is a prerequisite for AEB scoring.
Definitely electric cars are much better when it comes to crash safety as well, due to the lack of an engine under the bonnet, a large crumple zone is automatically created, especially in Tesla cars where the front-trunk (frunk) is fairly larger, also in a frontal crash a the front motors do not try to enter the passenger cabin like a big block of metal (engine) in traditional cars.
Another added rigidity in electric cars is the presence of a large battery pack in the car’s floor, in addition to the front impact, it helps reduce penetration from a side collision as well.