Tesla Model 3, Audi A6 earn 5-star ANCAP safety rating

ANCAP has completed its latest round of testing, with both the Tesla Model 3 and new Audi A6 receiving the full five-star safety rating.

Starting with the Tesla. The score was compiled after analysing crash test results conducted by the Euro NCAP division, which also gave it five stars earlier this year. ANCAP awarded it 96 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, and 74 per cent for pedestrian protection.

Thanks to a range of active driving assist systems, such as autonomous emergency braking covering city, interurban and pedestrian detection, along with lane departure warning and advanced speed assistance fitted as standard, ANCAP gave it an impressive 94 per cent for safety assist systems. ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“This is an impressive result, and great to see electric vehicles continuing to prioritise safety. It is encouraging to see Tesla give equal attention to the active safety systems and technologies on board as well as the safety fundamentals through the structure and restraints.”

Likewise, the new Audi A6 was awarded some high scores following analysis of NCAP crash test results. It earned 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, and 81 per cent for pedestrian protection. Thanks to its similar suite of driving assist features, it was awarded 78 per cent for its safety assist technologies.

The scores apply to all Australian and New Zealand variants of the Tesla Model 3 and Audi A6, aside from the new Audi S6 which remains at a status of unrated. See the videos below for their crash test performance.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.