Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge get perfect safety ratings despite one caveat
In part due to their sophisticated driver assistance technologies, battery-powered cars and SUVs are usually very safe vehicles that can easily keep up with their established competitors with traditional internal combustion engine in this regard. The Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge are perfect examples of that, as both electric vehicles have now successfully completed a reputable European crash test.
According to a report by the Euro NCAP, the Volvo C40 Recharge and the Kia EV6 performed admirably in these extensive safety tests and therefore received a practically perfect safety rating of five stars. Testers found that both electric cars offer good protection for adult and child passengers, and the Volvo C40 Recharge for example managed to score 16 out of 16 points in the lateral impact category. Overall, the Swedish crossover edged out the popular Kia EV6 in most tests, but only by fairly slim margins.
The two cars were also praised for their aforementioned safety assists like the automatic emergency breaking feature. In this category, the Kia EV6 and Volvo C40 Recharge received a rating of 87 and 89%, respectively. The most notable caveat of these laudable crash test performances turned out to be the pedestrian safety, which is where the Kia EV6's score of just 64% has left some room for improvement. Nevertheless, the Volvo C40 Recharge and its competitor from South Korea are exceptionally safe vehicles, which are very well equipped to protect prospective buyers and their families even in the worst case scenario of an accident. Please refer to the extensive crash reports by the Euro NCAP for further information on this matter.
Euro NCAP, Image: Kia