This Chinese electric car beat Renault and BMW in the Euro NCAP crash test

The Ora Funky Cat, from the Chinese group Great Wall Motor, is not yet officially marketed in Europe, but it is coming. The model, together with other electric cars, has just passed the Euro NCAP crash test. What are the results?

The Euro NCAP crash tests have become the mandatory passage for all new car models on the European market. The score obtained is a good indicator of the care that the manufacturers show for the safety of their vehicles. Although it is rare for cars to not achieve 4 or 5 stars (Renault Zoé went from 5 to 0 stars), some still stand out with very good results. This is the case for the future Ora Funky Cat, but also for the Tesla Model Y, on the last tests carried out on September 7, 2022.

Ora Funky Cat better than Renault Mégane or BMW i4 in crash tests

Chinese manufacturers have the image of poor quality and unsafe vehicles stuck to their skin. Also, the Dacia Spring, which is derived from a model originally sold in China, tends to give rise to critics of Chinese vehicles.

Except it’s time to update. In recent years, some Chinese manufacturers have developed a lot (Nio, Xpeng, MG, etc.). They are now betting on quality and technology to level the playing field. They have understood that if they want to conquer the European market, it is not with vehicles from the catalogue Wish that they can do it.

We already talked to you about the Ora Funky Cat, from Great Wall Motors in May 2022. It will be presented at the Paris Motor Show in October next year. This 100% electric model, with a design slightly borrowed from various references, has just passed its Euro NCAP crash test. Its results on the 4 criteria are particularly good, especially compared to other recent models.

For each of the 4 test categories: adult, child, pedestrian protection and driving aids, Euro NCAP awards points according to whether the result of the crash test is: good, satisfactory, average, poor or mediocre. These points are then converted into a percentage. For example, here are the results of several models tested in 2022:

Model Adult coverage Child protection Pedestrian protection Safety aids
Ora Funky Cat Adult coverage92% Child protection83% Pedestrian protection74% Safety aids93%
Renault Megane Adult coverage85% Child protection88% Pedestrian protection65% Safety aids79%
BMW i4 Adult coverage87% Child protection87% Pedestrian protection71% Safety aids64%
Kia Niro Adult coverage91% Child protection84% Pedestrian protection75% Safety aids60%
Tesla Model Y Adult coverage97% Child protection87% Pedestrian protection82% Safety aids98%

Ora Funky Cat therefore performs better than Renault Mégane e-tech or BMW i4 on three criteria. However, it is behind, compared to the other two vehicles, on the protection of children. The Kia Niro, renewed this summer, beats the Chinese car little by little on two of the criteria: protection of children and pedestrian protection. The standard version of the Niro, on the other hand, collapses on safety aids, although optional equipment can close this gap a little.

We added up the points achieved on each criterion to find out if there would be a 100% electric model that currently performs better in the crash test than the Ora Funky Cat, with a total of 342 dots. The result is quite interesting because many of them fail:

Euro NCAP crash test results // Source: Euro NCAP

Only two models, in the ten newly approved models, do better than the Ora Funky Cat: the Volkswagen ID.5, with a slight point better (343), and the Tesla Model Y, which literally flew over the test with disturbing ease ( 364 points ).

It seems relevant to remember that the Ora Funky Cat is a compact model that should land in France for under €40,000, and we’d rather hope around €30 or €35,000.

Tesla Model Y: the new benchmark to beat

Elon Musk has always praised the benefits of safety on board Tesla models. The 2022 Model Y crash test testifies to this:

  • 97% on the protection of adults on board,
  • 87% on the protection of children on board,
  • 82% for the protection of vulnerable road users (mainly pedestrians),
  • 98% for the assessment of its safety aids (driving aids).

The Tesla Model Y received the highest rating given by Euro NCAP on the latest applicable test network. Euro NCAP regularly raises the assessment criteria, the latest tightening of the rules in 2020 gives extra points to vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for safety

Tesla Model Y will therefore be the new benchmark to beat at Euro NCAP, we can’t wait to see who manages to do better!

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