The European New Car Assessment programme awarded the new Nissan LEAF with a 5-star rating. The Nissan LEAF is the first car to be assessed against Euro NCAP’s improved and extended protocols for 2018. The new 2018 protocols have introduced a raft of new tests that address key crash scenarios involving cars, pedestrians and cyclists.

In the Euro NCAP tests, the Nissan LEAF got a 93% rating for adult safety and 86% rating for child protection. The safety ratings are measured from a series of tests that reflect real life situations.

The overall 5-star rating reflects the advanced driver assistance systems that the LEAF offers, in car technologies offer a range of safety assistance such as the camera and radar feature which provides pedestrian recognition and what has probably been the most talked about feature, the Nissan Pro Pilot system, offering a safer more confident drive.

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”.

This rating comes just months after the Japan New Car Assessment Program also awarded the car the top 5-star grade following rigorous testing. In earning the top rating, the LEAF scored 94.8 points out of a possible 100 for occupant safety in a collision. The program is organized by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the National Agency for Automotive Safety and Victims' Aid.