Tesla Model Y performs well against Volkswagen ID.6 CROZZ in crash test

Tesla Model Y performs well against Volkswagen ID.6 CROZZ in crash test

Tesla Model Y was recently put against the Volkswagen ID.6 CROZZ to see how the American EV giant’s electric compact crossover SUV will perform versus a heavier vehicle during a crash.

The crash test conducted in China between the two modern electric cars produced attention-grabbing results. Both the Tesla Model Y and Volkswagen ID.6 CROZZ went head to head in the collision with a 50 per cent offset, with each of the two moving at a speed of 40 mph (roughly 64 km/h). It was comparable to hitting a motionless, deformable fence at a speed of 80 mph (128 km/h).

Following the crash, the passenger compartments in both EVs were found to be mostly intact and none of them suffered fire. The test showed that the driver and passengers would likely survive any such crash on the road.

However, a number of marks were found at various places as dummies hit air bags, doors or other elements of the two EVs. The doors on the side of the driver seat on the Tesla Model Y failed to open after the crash. On the other hand, all of the four doors on the all-electric Volkswagen ID.6 CROZZ ID.6 could easily be opened after the crash.

Overall the damages suffered by the two EVs appeared to be similar. Thus, it was difficult for the observers to tell which of the two vehicles performed extensively better than the other in this particular crash test. While the Volkswagen ID.6 enjoyed a slight edge over the Tesla Model Y, the observers noted that the American manufacturer’s EV was performing against a significantly heavier rival. Both EVs were considered as very safe for the driver as well as other occupants.

The ID.6 is available in various versions – rear wheel drive (RWD) and all wheel drive (AWD), and different battery options. It is one of the manufacturer’s latest EVs to be based on the innovative MEB platform.

The Tesla Model Y has single electric motor and single speed automatic transmission. The Long Range version of the Model Y produces 384 horsepower (hp) and 376 lb-ft of torque, while the Performance variant has been rated at 456 hp and 497 lb-ft of torque. For safety, it comes loaded with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection system, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and the company’s adaptive cruise control system called Autopilot.