Nissan Qashqai tops safety ratings

Euro NCAP’s latest testing rated the assisted driving systems of both the Nissan Qashqai and VW ID.5 as ‘very good’.

The new Qashqai, already an outstanding performer in Euro NCAP’s overall safety rating, stood out with almost perfectly matched scores for Driver Engagement and Vehicle Assistance. But it is in the area of Safety Backup that the car really exceled, with an almost-perfect 93%.

Meanwhile, the VW’s ID.5 also performed well, providing a high level of assistance to the driver while supporting many driving tasks on the highway without promoting over-reliance.

Elsewhere, the Polestar 2 rated ‘good’ after a series of over-the-air upgrades since it was last rated, while the Jaguar I-PACE secured ‘entry level’ rating, illustrating how fast this technology is improving on the market.

Secretary General of Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen, said “We have been publishing Assisted Driving gradings for a couple of years now and we are seeing real improvements in system performance. Most manufacturers realise that it is important that drivers enjoy the benefits of assisted driving without believing that they can hand over control completely to the car, and that’s one of the aspects that our assessment considers.

“Congratulations to Nissan – the Qashqai is the most affordable car in this group but, with the ID.5, shares the highest rating we have seen so far. It shows that the technology is moving fast and that assisted driving will become part of the mainstream very soon.”