The new electric SUV from Volkswagen earned the IIHS’ Top Safety Pick + award
The ID.4 was categorised “Good” in every crash test, which is the highest score attainable
The only “Acceptable” rating was applied to the standard headlamps, the optional ones were considered “Good”
The first product from the new ID electric vehicles division of Volkswagen proved to be a very safe car in tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, in the United States.
Indeed, the ID.4 compact crossover earned the coveted Top Safety Pick + award, the highest distinction given by the institute.
To earn this award, vehicles have to earn the top rating (called “Good”) in each of the six crashworthiness tests conducted by the IIHS.
These tests measure the safety of the occupants of the vehicle in small overlap crashes where the front corner of the vehicle hits a stationary object, on both sides, in a moderate overlap where a bigger portion of the front end is subjected to the collision, as well as side crashes were a heavy cart hits the car in the middle of its doors.
In addition, tests determine the roof strength to evaluate its protection in case of a violent roll-over and the safety offered by the seats and head restraints and their ability to prevent whiplash in a rear-end collision.
To qualify, the front collision avoidance systems fitted to the vehicles need to earn “Superior” or “advanced” ratings, and their headlamps must be rated as “Good” or “Acceptable”.
Since the Volkswagen ID.4 received a Top Safety Pick + award, it did very well in all of these tests, which makes it one of the safest vehicles of its class.
Here are the other electric SUVs that have been tested and earned the same award as of now: the Audi e-tron Sportback, the Hyundai Nexo and the Volvo XC40 Recharge.