The Tesla Model Y has been named as the Safest Car of 2022 by Thatcham Research and What Car? Tesla has recently cut its prices too, although the Y still retails from £51,000 upwards. Here’s the word;
Tesla’s Model Y is the safest car to be launched onto the UK’s roads in 2022, according to What Car? Safety Award judges. The crossover SUV is the first model from the all-electric carmaker’s stable to win the coveted accolade, with the result being confirmed at the annual What Car? Awards in London tonight.
The Model Y emerged victorious from a 10-car shortlist, with all vehicles selected based primarily on their Euro NCAP test scores, in addition to other safety criteria such as technology innovation, mass-market appeal and Assisted Driving technology performance.
Thatcham Research, the What Car? Safety Award main supporter and co-judge, is a major contributor to the Euro NCAP programme, both from a testing and protocol-development perspective.
Tesla’s fully-electric family car achieved the highest overall score of any car tested under Euro NCAP’s latest – and most exacting – protocols. Additionally, the Model Y’s near-perfect 98% Safety Assist score, which relates to the performance of its collision-avoidance systems, is the highest ever recorded by the European safety rating agency.
“The Tesla Model Y is an impressively high performer. Its Safety Assist score is the best we’ve ever recorded, and its Adult Occupant Protection score of 97% is the best in 2022,” Thatcham Research’s chief research strategy officer, Matthew Avery, said.
Runners up included the Smart-Geely SUV and the Mercedes EQE.