The All-New Volkswagen ID.3 Has Been Awarded A 5 Star NCAP Safety Rating
The all-new all-electric First Edition Volkswagen ID.3 reached our showrooms not too long ago. Already, it has been awarded an impressive five-star safety rating, after a multitude of rigorous Euro NCAP crash and safety tests.
The result may not come as a surprise, as Volkswagen have a great history of achieving high marks in past reports. This result comes after the same full-marks were awarded in 2019 to the Volkswagen Golf and T-Cross.
The new Volkswagen ID.3 is a practical city car that combines exceptional comfort, extreme efficiency and outstanding performance.
The state-of-the-art ID.3 comes with a variety of advanced technology and is impressively built, with features and finishes that make it a car sent from the future. You can learn more about the all-new Volkswagen ID.3, here.
Importantly, the First Edition ID.3 comes fully-equipped with active safety tech as standard, with more systems available to make the first member of the ID. family as prepared as possible for compromising situations.
The Euro NCAP
The European New Car Assessment Programme is an independent European car safety performance assessment programme. The Euro NCAP is designed to put a car through its paces, so that drivers may choose a car safe for them and their family, with assistance features that have been impartially tried and tested.
Focused on four key areas, the Euro NCAP report gathers an overall safety rating from various crash and safety tests performed on the car in question. The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 endured several crash scenarios - frontal, rear and side tests.
The small family car survived thorough crash testing, using dummies linked-up to provide impact readings, for analysis on both Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection respectively.
The ID.3 also underwent Vulnerable Road User safety tests, such as detecting and stopping for unexpected pedestrians and cyclists.
In addition, the VW ID.3’s Safety Assistance features were assessed, such autobraking and Lane Assist.
Adult Occupant Protection
The 2020 Volkswagen ID.3 scored incredibly high marks during Adult Occupant Protection tests: averaging at an impressive 87%.
The Volkswagen ID.3’s modest weight and benign front structure did not pose a high risk to the occupants of a colliding vehicle in a frontal offset impact.
The passenger compartment of the ID.3 remained stable in a test of a front-end crash. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger.
VW showcased how a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. Protection of the chest was good for both driver and passenger.
In both the side barrier crash test and the pole/bollard style impact crash test, protection of all critical body areas was good. The new ID.3 is equipped with centre airbags to protect against occupant-to occupant interaction in side impacts. This system worked well in Euro NCAP's test, with good protection of the head for both front seat occupants.
Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
The ID.3 is additionally equipped as standard with a multi-collision braking system, which applies the brakes immediately after an impact to prevent the vehicle from being involved in secondary impacts.
The new ID.3 also has an advanced e-Call system which, in the event of an accident, automatically sends a message to the emergency services, giving the car's location. This gets help as soon as is possible.
Child Occupant Protection
The new Volkswagen ID.3 also achieved very well through the Child Occupant protection tests, scoring a huge 89%.
When the new ID.3 was involved in frontal offset and side barrier collisions, protection of both the 6 and 10-year old dummies was great for all critical areas of the body – the newest electric Volkswagen scored maximum points in this part of the assessment.
For families, the all-new ID.3 is designed to accommodate all universal child restraint systems, especially since the front passenger airbag is automatically disabled when a rearward-facing child restraint is put in that seating position.
Clear information given to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and safety systems were awarded with high marks too.
It was reported that all of the restraints for which the ID.3 is designed could be properly installed and accommodated.
Vulnerable Road User Protection
It was found that the all-new Volkswagen ID.3 also achieved well in the Vulnerable Road User safety tests, gaining 71%.
If a pedestrian was to be hit, the ID.3 offered good protection to the head, over nearly the whole surface of the bonnet, although with some poor results recorded on the stiff windscreen pillars.
The VW ID.3’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system was also able to detect Vulnerable Road Users – it identified pedestrians and reacted accordingly.
The AEB system (fitted as standard) performed well, and in most scenarios, accidents were subsequently completely avoided or eased so the impact was not as damaging.
The safety features included in the 2020 ID.3 scored a highly impressive 88% and the NCAP testing looked at the following:
- Lane Assist
- Speed Assistant System
- Smart Brake Support
- Seat Belt Reminder
Most whiplash injuries occur at in built-up, urban areas at low speeds – despite this, the standard-fitted braking system in the Volkswagen ID.3 avoided all potential collisions that may haves occurred in the test’s scenarios, eradicating any potential whiplash injuries or accidents.
As well as a seatbelt reminder for front and rear seats, the ID.3 has a driver monitoring system which uses steering inputs to identify whether the driver is alert and focussed on the driving task or is impaired through fatigue or other factors. The system warns the driver if impaired driving is detected.
The NCAP report declared that the lane support system gently corrects the steering of the car if it is drifting out of lane and also intervenes more forcefully in some critical situations.
Additionally, the report recognised the Volkswagen ID.3’s speed assistance system, which uses a camera and digital mapping to detect the local speed limit. This information is presented to the driver who can then confirm that the speed of the car is limited to the advised limit or can set the limiter manually.
The brand-new ID.3 ensures the best safety is afforded to its driver and their family.
Watch how the all-new Volkswagen ID.3 performed during its 2020 Euro NCAP Crash and Safety tests:
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For more detail on how the Volkswagen ID.3 performed, you can view the complete Euro NCAP report here.