This Chinese Electric Car Beats Renault and BMW in 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, along with other electric cars, has just passed the Euro NCAP crash test. What are the results?

Euro NCAP crash tests have become the mandatory pass for all new vehicle models placed on the European market. The score obtained is a good indicator of how careful manufacturers are with the safety of their vehicles. Although it is rare for cars to fail to obtain 4 or 5 stars (the Renault Zoé went from 5 to 0 stars), some still stand out with very good results. This is the case of the future Ora Funky Cat, but also of the Tesla Model Y, in the last tests carried out on September 7, 2022.

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

Chinese manufacturers have an image of unsafe, shoddy vehicles that stick to the skin. Furthermore, the Dacia Spring, which is derived from a model originally sold in China, tends to give cause for criticism of Chinese vehicles.

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

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

For each of the 4 test categories: adult, child, pedestrian protection and driving aid, Euro NCAP assigns points depending on whether the crash test result is: good, satisfactory, average, bad or mediocre. These points are then converted to a percentage. Here, for example, are the results of several models tested in 2022:

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

The Ora Funky Cat therefore does better than the Renault Mégane e-tech or the BMW i4 on three criteria. However, it lags behind the other two vehicles when it comes to child protection. The Kia Niro, renewed this summer, narrowly beats the Chinese car on two of the criteria: child protection and pedestrian protection. The standard version of the Niro, on the other hand, falls apart on safety aids, although optional equipment can narrow that gap a bit.

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

Euro NCAP crash test results // Source: Euro NCAP

Only two models, out of ten recently approved models, do better than the Ora Funky Cat: the Volkswagen ID.5, with a small point better (343), and the Tesla Model Y, which literally flew over the test with disconcerting ease (364). spots).

It seems relevant to remember that the Ora Funky Cat is a compact model, which should land in France for less than €40,000, and we expect something around €30 or €35,000.

Tesla Model Y: the new benchmark to beat

Elon Musk has always praised the merits of safety aboard Tesla models. The 2022 Model Y crash test attests to this:

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

The Tesla Model Y received the highest rating given by Euro NCAP in the last test grid in force. Euro NCAP regularly raises classification criteria, the latest tightening of the rules in 2020 grants additional points to vehicles with High Performance Driving Aids (ADAS) for safety

The Tesla Model Y thus becomes the new benchmark to beat the Euro NCAP, we can’t wait to see who can do better!

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