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Tesla makes strong apperance in 2019 safest cars rankings

Euro NCAP has published its best-in-class cars for 2019, with Tesla putting in a notably strong performance.

The Model X has been named as the best in class for safety in the Large Offroader category

The list has been compiled from the 41 new models that earned Euro NCAP’s top five-star accolade last year, from a total of 55 cars tested.

Published a month after Euro NCAP tests showed a stand-out performance for the Model X, the latest research puts the SUV as the 2019 winner in the Large Off-Road category, with the SEAT Tarraco in second place.

Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 is top of the ‘Electric and Hybrid’ vehicle class and, together with BMW’s 3 Series, shares top spot in the Large Family category. The two cars end up with identical overall scores, the BMW scoring better in pedestrian protection, and the Tesla edging it in Safety Assist. Škoda’s new Octavia is the runner-up in this category.

Euro NCAP’s Best in Class winners for 2019:


Large Family Car Winner: Tesla Model 3 & BMW 3 series

Runner-up: Škoda Octavia


Large Off-Roader Winner: Tesla Model X

Runner-up: SEAT Tarraco


Small Family Car Winner: Mercedes-Benz CLA

Runner-up: Mazda 3


Small Off-Road/MPV Winner: Subaru Forester

Runner-up: Mazda CX-30 & VW T-Cross


Supermini Winner: Audi A1 & Renault Clio

Runner-up: Ford Puma


Hybrid & Electric Winner: Tesla Model 3

Runner-up: Tesla Model X

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.