That’s remarkable if you consider that only two other vehicles have earned the same recognition since 2011, the same year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration introduced its latest crash rating scheme. If you’re curious what kind of Model S the agency tested, that’s an 85 kWh variant.
It’s easy to laugh your socks off when you see the driver’s door handle momentarily pop out and go back in at the 15-second mark, but there is one undeniable fact the Euro NCAP crash test footage holdsThe structural rigidity of this eco-friendly vehicle is unbelievable for a car crashed head-on into a solid barrier at 64 km/h (40 mph). Not only that, but the interior retains its original shape, offering good protection for both adult occupants and infants. Not even the A-pillar seems to be phased by the impact.
As a brief reminder, the Tesla Model S boasts with a body that's reinforced with aluminum extrusions at strategic locations around the car, with the roof able to withstand at least 4 Gs. But still, when you’re blazing through city traffic at over 100 mph (160 km/h), not even a Model S can offer enough safety.