Watch the Tesla Model X Handle Crash Tests With Flying Colors

Euro Ncap, the European safety regulator, has also to provide a score for the Model X, but it awarded the Model S saloon a full five-star rating in 2014, saying excelled in adult and child occupant protection, although it scored a 66 per cent safety rating for pedestrians struck by the vehicle.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration just awarded the Tesla Model X a 5-star safety rating in every category and subcategory after conducting the first independent crash test of the electric vehicle since its launch in 2015. SUVs have a higher center of gravity and are more prone to roll over than a typical family sedan. The Model X's massive battery is mounted below the cabin, giving it a very low center of gravity, which in turn significantly decreases rollover risk. So it was the first in its class to get five stars across the board. Besides the five-star ratings, NHTSA says that the Model X has the lowest probability of injury of any SUV ever tested. In fact, of all the cars NHTSA has ever tested, Model X's overall probability of injury was second only to Model S. It went on sale in late 2015, although Tesla didn't reach full production until a year ago.

The Model X has a starting price of $82,500, though it typically tops $100,000 with options.

The NCAP rating was instituted by the NHTSA to encourage manufacturers to build safer vehicles by instituting a 5-Star Safety Ratings program.

NHTSA's rating system predicts around a 93 percent chance of a passenger in the Model X walking away from serious crashes, to put the high ratings in more relatable terms.

  • Arturo Norris