The new ID.3 has received a stellar score in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) safety test, achieving the highest result possible, a five out of five.
The NCAP evaluates the car on different safety categories such as protection of adult occupants, children and vulnerable road users as well as on its safety assist systems. The ID.3 scored very highly in each category.
The assessment of occupant protection for adults is based on factors including frontal impact, lateral impact and whiplash tests. A protection level of 87% was determined for drivers and passengers in the ID.3. A protection level as high as 89% was recorded for children.
The high percentage was also achieved thanks to the fact that for the first time ever at Volkswagen, a feature known as a centre airbag for the front seats has also been installed in the ID.3. It prevents possible head contact between the driver and front passenger in the event of a side collision.
Volkswagen also offers further high-end assistance systems as an option: one of them is the ACC adaptive cruise control with predictive speed detection. Travel Assist enables assisted driving up to 160 km/h. Traffic Jam assist, a Blind Spot sensor with Rear Traffic Alert, Emergency Assist and Park Assist also contribute to safe, relaxed driving.
Volkswagen has a history of building cars that perform extremely well on this assessment as the new Golf and the T-Cross also recently achieved the highest ratings as well.
The company is extremely satisfied with the result and the level of safety achieved by the ID.3., according to Dr Frank Welsch, member of the Volkswagen Brand Board of Management responsible for Development.
“This is a great success for our entire ID. team,” he said. “A high level of safety in our vehicles is always very important to us and has therefore been incorporated into the MEB concept from the start. The ID.3 impressively demonstrates this with its 5 stars.”
The ID.3, which is built on the MEB platform, is paving the way towards the all-electric future of the company. Even though sustainability will be a key issue in the years to come, safety will always be the most important aspect of vehicles, according to Euro NCAP’s Secretary General, Michiel van Ratingen.
“The climate crisis means that we all must adapt to a cleaner future and electric cars will become the norm in the years to come,” he said. “Euro NCAP will continue to ensure that saving the planet does not come at the cost of safety and I am glad to see that the ID.3, the latest generation of the people’s car, does not compromise in this regard.”