The Toyota bZ4X, together with its official twin the Subaru Solterra, received the maximum 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
According to Euro NCAP, Adult Occupant protection and Child Occupant protection of the duo is at respectively 88% and 87%. Vulnerable Road Users protection stands at 79%, while Safety Assist score is 91%.
Those are pretty consistent, good results, very comparable to the Nissan Ariya’s score, which to some degree is a competitive model in the crossover/SUV segment. The Ariya noted 86% Adult Occupant protection, 89% Child Occupant protection, 74% Vulnerable Road Users protection and 93% Safety Assist.
On the other hand, the Tesla Model Y has shown that even higher results are possible, including 97% Adult Occupant protection and 98% Safety Assist.
Both models, the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, are finally entering the European and North American markets, after a safety recall related to wheel hub bolts. The Japanese manufacturer was forced to pause production for a few months, right after the launch, which was very unfortunate.
Time will tell what sales volume the Japanese manufacturer will now be able to achieve and how well the duo will be received on the market.
2022 Toyota bZ4X / Subaru Solterra Euro NCAP test results:
- Adult Occupant protection – 88 percent
- Child Occupant protection – 87 percent
- Vulnerable Road Users protection – 79 percent
- Safety Assist – 91 percent
Crash tests include:
- Frontal impact test – 50% of the width of the car is striking an oncoming deformable barrier (both traveling at 50 km/h/31 mph)
- Frontal impact test – the car impacts a rigid full-width barrier at 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Side impact test – a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 60 km/h (37.3 mph)
- Pole test – the tested car is propelled sideways into a rigid pole at 32 km/h (20 mph)