The new-gen Nissan Leaf all electric-hatchback has already received a lot of accolades since its late 2017 global introduction. Now, the electric vehicle has added another feather to its cap, which comes in form of the very important full 5 Star safety rating. This is no surprise though, as we already knew how Nissan has well equipped the all new Leaf with comprehensive and cutting-edge safety features.
The new-gen Nissan Leaf has received the highest attainable five star safety rating in the revised Euro NCAP crash tests. Interestingly, the Leaf is the first vehicle that was tested by the Euro NCAP. A huge change among the other changes in the crash test process is the assessment of the AEB or auto emergency braking system that is able to detect the presence of cyclists on the road. In the revised Euro NCAP crash tests, the current generation Nissan Leaf electric car has managed to score a great 93 percent in the adult occupation protection tests and a respectable 86 percent in the tests for child protection. The new Leaf’s safety assist systems have scored 71 percent and it bagged 71 percent for the tests for cyclists and pedestrian protection systems.
In the Euro NCAP’s frontal offset crash tests on the all new Nissan Leaf, it was shown that the adult occupants remained free of injury in all the critical body parts. However, the tests also revealed that the vehicle’s airbag pressure could have been a bit more, as it was seen that the heads of the front occupants had made contact with the interior of the vehicle. The tests showed that the leg and knees protection was sufficient for all the occupants of the car. As for the side barrier and the side pole tests are concerned, the new Leaf managed to score the maximum attainable points, as it offers good protection to all the critical body parts of the passengers. It was also shown that on the event of rear-end collision, the seats and the head restraints of the Leaf offered good protection against whiplash injuries.
While speaking on the development, Euro NCAP Board member and Senior Policy Advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Robbert Verweij said that in a bid to save the cyclists' lives Dutch government was inspired to fund a major project that had led to the development of the protocol to detect cyclists on the road. It is an honour that Euro NCAP has decided to include this protocol in its safety rating crash test procedure. The first Euro NCAP release of an AEB Cyclist detection equipped vehicle is a testament of what the joint efforts of the governments and the cyclists' associations can accomplish in collaboration with the Euro NCAP.
This is the very first time that the Euro NCAP has introduced an auto emergency braking system in the more susceptible road users test. Such a move was necessary, as the number of cyclists has increased in Europe and that’s an issue for carmakers, as the pedestrian detection technology is very complex one.
Thus, the new-gen Nissan Leaf all-electric hatchback has been proven to be a great modern car when it comes to safety of the car occupants as well as the other road users.