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The disastrous crash test of this Chinese electric car

Available since the end of 2020 on certain European markets, the Suda SA01 has just passed the crash test. The results are not glorious …

Aiways, Xpeng, Nio, BYD… many Chinese manufacturers are eyeing the European market. Launched in Germany at the end of 2020, the Suda SA01 is part of this offensive. Sold at a price slightly over 10,000 euros, the Chinese car has 40 kWh of batteries and allows 200 km of range. It was recently tested by ADAC which was able to carry out several crash tests. The results are edifying.

Launched at the end of 2020 on the German market, the Suda SA01 costs just over 10,000 euros

Equipment at the lowest

Airbags, ESP, emergency braking, belt tensioners, automatic shut-off of the high-voltage network in the event of an accident … which have become commonplace or even mandatory on most newly marketed cars, this equipment is totally absent on the Suda S01.

Results: the various crash tests carried out by ADAC are disastrous. In a head-on collision at 64 km / h, the driver’s head and chest struck the steering wheel violently. Components integrated under the dashboard also caused injuries to the passenger’s knees and thighs. Driving behavior is also strongly criticized. At around 70 km / h, the car skidded during the avoidance test due to the lack of ESP. The long braking distance and the build quality are also singled out by the German body.

The flaw in the “small series” homologation

How can such a vehicle be sold in Europe? Quite simply thanks to a regulatory loophole that the Chinese brand did not fail to exploit.

The vehicle can be sold in the EU as it is placed on the market under “small series approval”. Outrageous, right? »Emphasizes on Linkedin François Roudier, communications director of CCFA.

Author’s opinion

If the ADAC certainly plays on fear to protect European brands, the results obtained by this Suda SA01 remain a call for vigilance. Europe will no doubt have to react and readjust the regulations governing “small series” approvals to prevent the problem from repeating itself.

More generally, I don’t think we should condemn all of the Chinese models. Of the few brands tested by EuroNCAP, the results are far from catastrophic. While the Aiways U5 electric SUV only scored 3 out of 5 stars, the MG ZS EV fared much better with top marks. Ditto for the MG HS, the plug-in hybrid version of which has recently begun its marketing in France.


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