New Nissan LEAF achieves 5-star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash tests

New Nissan LEAF achieves 5-star safety rating in Euro NCAP crash tests


The European New Car Assessment Programme awarded the new Nissan LEAF with a 5-star rating. The LEAF is the first car which went through Euro NCAP’s improved and extended protocols for 2018. The 2018 protocol sees the introduction of a raft of new tests which address key crash scenarios. They involve cars, pedestrians and now also the growing number of cyclists.

In these Euro NCAP tests, the LEAF earned a 93 percent rating for adult safety. The score for child protection was 86 percent rating. A series of vehicle tests determine the safety rating.

New LEAF 5-star rating reflects the advanced driver assistance systems packaged on the car. Technologies such as camera and radar provide benefits such as pedestrian recognition. They as well form the basis of Nissan’s ProPILOT system for safer, more confident driving.

The European New Car Assessment Programme awarded the new Nissan LEAF with a 5-star rating

Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director, Nissan Europe, explained:

“The Euro NCAP announcement proves what we have known for a long time – that the new Nissan LEAF has exceptional safety standards and is a true pioneer in the EV space. This shows that our customers can fully trust our Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision. We are on a path to transform the way we drive and the way we live”.

The announcement comes just months after the Japan New Car Assessment Program also awarded the car the top 5-star grade. The LEAF scored 94.8 points out of a possible 100 for occupant safety in a collision.

The new Nissan LEAF offers drivers complete confidence when it comes to safety

Standard features from entry grade include six airbags (front, side and curtain), ISOFIX hook, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Traffic Sign Recognition and Blind Spot Warning are also standard from Visia grade, as is Intelligent Emergency Braking with Pedestrian and cyclist Recognition.

Advanced safety technology systems such as Lane Departure Warning, Intelligent Lane Intervention and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also part of new Nissan LEAFs standard equipment.

The new Nissan LEAF offers also Intelligent Mobility innovative technology, including ProPILOT and ProPILOT Park.

ProPILOT is designed for use within a single lane on a highway as well as optimised for use in a heavy traffic jam or in high-speed cruising scenarios

It is as easy as a conventional cruise control. Supported by Radar and Camera, ProPilot will adjust the speed to traffic ahead while keeping the car in the centre of the lane. It even manages traffic jam situations making the daily commute more relaxing and reducing fatigue.

In traffic jams, ProPILOT automatically manages distance to the car in front and applies the brakes to bring the vehicle to a full stop if necessary. After stopping, the vehicle will remain in place even if the driver’s foot is off the brake. Once traffic restarts, the car will resume driving again automatically. If the traffic stops for over 3 seconds, ProPILOT will restart at a simple touch of the accelerator or by pressing <resume / +> on the steering wheel.

ProPILOT Park is hands-off, feet off automatic parking function. It works with parallel and bay parking (forwards or backwards entry) and easily parks the new LEAF when the driver selects one of the spots proposed by the system. By pressing the ProPILOT Park button, the new Nissan LEAF will fully manage the parking actions. It automatically applies the parking brake when the manoeuvre is complete.