BMW tops assisted-driving rankings in newest Thatcham and EuroNCAP evaluation

Testers give help packages a ‘thumbs up’ regardless of considerations they might mislead drivers into shedding focus

by: Chris Rosamond

25 Nov 2021

 The BMW iX3 has earned the one ‘superb’ rating out of seven automobiles assessed by Thatcham Analysis for assisted-driving options corresponding to pace help, steering help and adaptive cruise management programs.

The BMW joins the Audi A8, BMW 3 Collection and Mercedes GLE, which obtained related ‘superb’ rankings in 2020, whereas the Cupra Formentor and Ford Mustang Mach E help programs have been judged as ‘good’ in 2021. Within the newest assessments, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Polestar 2 earned solely ‘reasonable’ rankings, whereas the Toyota Yaris and Vauxhall Mokka-E help applied sciences are assessed as ‘entry’ degree.

Thatcham Analysis says the outcomes are encouraging, with all seven automobiles examined this 12 months exhibiting pleasing ranges of assisted driving system assist.

Of the automobiles examined in 2021, 5 are pure electrical fashions. The Thatcham assessments consider and price the extent of driving help, driver engagement, and security back-up of their onboard programs.

Matthew Avery, Thatcham Analysis’s Chief Strategic Analysis Officer, mentioned: “Assisted-driving know-how should strike the suitable stability between providing a significant degree of assist and making certain that motorists don’t sit again and let the system do the driving. We’ve seen the damaging outcomes on roads all over the world when drivers turn out to be satisfied that their function is secondary.”

When Thatcham first began driver-assistance programs, it raised considerations that automotive makers might be overselling the know-how in a method that might be complicated and harmful to shoppers, and it downgraded the Tesla Mannequin 3 to ‘reasonable’ because of this.

The organisation says it’s reassured that’s not the case with any of the automobiles examined this 12 months, with the entire programs being described accurately.

“All seven automobiles we’ve simply examined are clearly marketed as having ‘driver help’ features, not ‘automated’,” mentioned Avery. “These programs are engineered to contain and assist the motive force in a really cooperative method. They’re actually not attempting to supply automation, the place the driving process will be relinquished to the automobile, and we strongly consider that’s the suitable factor to do.

Tester’s feedback

Thatcham’s chief analysis officer Matthew Avery has offered feedback on every of the automobiles on this 12 months’s check:


“Our top-performing automobile is the BMW iX3 which is a premium, battery-electric SUV. It is the one automobile to get our ‘superb’ grading. It responded effectively in our collision-avoidance eventualities and at 85%, it has one of many highest scores for Driver Engagement, partly as a result of the iX3 options good in-vehicle video to point out the motive force use the system.”

Ford Mustang Mach-E

“Ford’s battery electrical Mustang Mach-E achieved a ‘good’ grading. It is acquired an excellent Security Backup system which scored 83%, and it has usually well-balanced Assisted-Driving performance. Nevertheless, we do suppose the identify of ‘Co-Pilot 360’ is a bit ambiguous and does not adequately describe the actual fact it is an Assisted Driving system that at all times requires the motive force to be in management.”

Cupra Formentor

“The Cupra Formentor is a petrol-powered automobile with a plug-in possibility and receives a ‘good’ grading. The ‘Journey Help’ identify precisely portrays the function of the system, which has well-balanced Driver Engagement, Car Help and Security Backup options. possibility available in the market.”

Polestar 2

“The Polestar 2 is one other full battery-electric automobile and it will get a ‘reasonable’ grading. It has an extremely good rating of 85% for its Security Backup, one thing you’d anticipate from a Volvo-derived automobile. However it’s let down by its Car Help rating, which is simply 50%, as a result of the system can’t adapt its pace for curves and junctions. This automobile is able to over-the-air updates, and Polestar has already confirmed that it’ll enhance that performance for all its drivers quickly.”

Hyundai Ioniq 5

“The Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a brand-new, totally electrical automotive and it achieves a ‘reasonable’ rating. It has good Car Help and good Driver Engagement. However it’s let down by its Security Backup rating of fifty%. This implies the automotive is much less succesful at supporting the motive force in an emergency.”

Toyota Yaris

“Toyota’s Yaris will get an ‘entry’ score, nevertheless it’s spectacular to see Assisted Driving performance on a low-cost supermini corresponding to this. Nevertheless, it is let down by its comparatively poor performing Car Help and Security Backup features.”

Vauxhall Mokka-e

“The Mokka-e is the fifth battery-electric automobile on this 12 months’s assessments, nevertheless it’s additionally a low-cost one. It receives an ‘entry’ grading as a result of its Pace Help system solely makes use of a digicam. This implies the knowledge the motive force is receiving from the system might not at all times be dependable.”

2021 Assisted Driving Grading outcomes


Driver EngagementCar HelpSecurity Again-upRanking
BMW iX385%83%86%Excellent
Ford Mustang Mach-E69%71%83%Good
Cupra Formentor70%79%74%Good
Polestar 270%50%85%Average
Hyundai Ioniq 580%77%50%Average
Toyota Yaris79%56%53%Entry
Vauxhall/Opel Mokka-E67%57%44%Entry

Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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