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

Testers give help packages a ‘thumbs up’ regardless of issues they may mislead drivers into dropping focus

by: Chris Rosamond

25 Nov 2021

 The BMW iX3 has earned the one ‘excellent’ rating out of seven vehicles assessed by Thatcham Analysis for assisted-driving options resembling pace help, steering help and adaptive cruise management methods.

The BMW joins the Audi A8, BMW 3 Sequence and Mercedes GLE, which acquired related ‘excellent’ scores in 2020, whereas the Cupra Formentor and Ford Mustang Mach E help methods have been judged as ‘good’ in 2021. Within the newest assessments, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Polestar 2 earned solely ‘reasonable’ scores, 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 vehicles examined this yr displaying pleasing ranges of assisted driving system help.

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

Matthew Avery, Thatcham Analysis’s Chief Strategic Analysis Officer, stated: “Assisted-driving expertise should strike the precise stability between providing a significant degree of help and guaranteeing that motorists don’t sit again and let the system do the driving. We’ve seen the damaging outcomes on roads around the globe when drivers turn out to be satisfied that their position is secondary.”

When Thatcham first began driver-assistance methods, it raised issues that automobile makers could possibly be overselling the expertise in a manner that could possibly 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 vehicles examined this yr, with all the methods being described accurately.

“All seven vehicles we’ve simply examined are clearly marketed as having ‘driver help’ capabilities, not ‘automated’,” stated Avery. “These methods are engineered to contain and help the driving force in a really cooperative method. They’re actually not attempting to supply automation, the place the driving job might be relinquished to the car, and we strongly imagine that’s the precise factor to do.

Tester’s feedback

Thatcham’s chief analysis officer Matthew Avery has supplied feedback on every of the vehicles on this yr’s take a look at:


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

Ford Mustang Mach-E

“Ford’s battery electrical Mustang Mach-E achieved a ‘good’ grading. It is received an excellent Security Backup system which scored 83%, and it has typically well-balanced Assisted-Driving performance. Nonetheless, we do assume 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 all the time requires the driving force to be in management.”

Cupra Formentor

“The Cupra Formentor is a petrol-powered car with a plug-in possibility and receives a ‘good’ grading. The ‘Journey Help’ identify precisely portrays the position 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 car and it will get a ‘reasonable’ grading. It has an extremely good rating of 85% for its Security Backup, one thing you’d count on from a Volvo-derived car. Nevertheless 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 car 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 automobile and it achieves a ‘reasonable’ rating. It has good Car Help and good Driver Engagement. Nevertheless it’s let down by its Security Backup rating of fifty%. This implies the automobile is much less succesful at supporting the driving force in an emergency.”

Toyota Yaris

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

Vauxhall Mokka-e

“The Mokka-e is the fifth battery-electric car on this yr’s assessments, nevertheless it’s additionally a low-cost one. It receives an ‘entry’ grading as a result of its Velocity Help system solely makes use of a digital camera. This implies the data the driving force is receiving from the system could not all the time be dependable.”

2021 Assisted Driving Grading outcomes


Driver EngagementCar HelpSecurity Again-upScore
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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