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Tesla Model X 2020: New electric SUV equals two ANCAP safety records

Adult Occupant Protection testing saw the Model X equal a record held by the Mazda3.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the Tesla Model X a five-star safety rating, with the all-electric large SUV putting in two record-equalling efforts in testing.

Specifically, Adult Occupant Protection testing saw the Model X register a near-perfect score of 98 per cent, matching the Mazda3 small car’s record.

But when it came to Safety Assist testing, the Model X equalled its Model 3 sedan sibling’s record of 94 per cent.

The Model X’s Child Occupant Protection testing wasn’t far behind, either, at 86 per cent, while Vulnerable Road User Protection testing was its toughest challenge, with a score of 72 per cent registered, partly due to ‘poor’ pelvis protection in the pedestrian impact test.

Tesla should be commended for providing a vehicle which offers very high levels of safety performance both in its physical protection of occupants as well as its ability to help avoid a crash through its active safety systems,” said ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin.

The five-star safety rating applies to examples of the Model X sold from this month onwards.

For reference, the Model X is currently priced from $133,900 and $151,900 plus on-road costs in entry-level Long Range and flagship Performance forms respectively.