Qoros 3 review: Chinese small family car beats top brands for safety
The Qoros 3 is the first Chinese car to achieve a five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP’s assessment. It didn’t just scrape in either: it ranks among the best in its class. The Qoros 3 is a brand-new small family car on a brand-new platform developed by its own engineers from a clean sheet of paper – and it’s better than vehicles by some of Europe’s most respected car companies.
It’s a massive achievement. Most mature car companies can deliver five-star performance but there are still occasional surprises. We’ve seen vehicles launched this year by Renault and Mercedes, both respected on safety, which produced far less convincing safety ratings.
With an experienced team of engineers and executives recruited from Europe and the US, Qoros knew that anything less than a five-star rating would be a bad start for the brand. (Read more about the European safety experts recruited by Qoros).
People are only too happy to find fault with Chinese cars. There is nothing to fault the Qoros 3 from a safety perspective. The small family car has done well in all areas of Euro NCAP’s assessment. The car scored 95% for adult occupant, 87% for child protection and 77% for pedestrian protection. Its safety assist score is 81%. The only small family car with better scores across the board is the Volvo V40. It compares well with the VW Golf and the Mercedes A-Class tested last year.
Prices will start well below 20,000 Euros, but the Qoros 3 will initially only sell in Slovakia. It’s one thing to achieve a five-star rating, another to build the kind of sales and servicing network you need to compete in Germany or the UK. If Qoros can get a foothold in Eastern Europe and establish their reputation among consumers there, the plan is to come west.
From the few conversations I’ve had with them, they sound serious. They say the five-star result isn’t just a one-off statement, that future models will continue to deliver safety to rival the best brands. They are also preparing to introduce crash avoidance technologies, such as autonomous emergency braking.
Qoros didn’t exist five years ago. To achieve this level of performance in their safety so quickly, starting from nothing, takes a lot of money, a lot of dedication and hard work. It’s a brand worth watching.
How did they do it? Read our interview with the Qoros safety engineers
People are only too happy to find fault with Chinese cars. There is nothing to fault the Qoros 3 from a safety perspective