Watch The Chevrolet Bolt Crumple In Crash Tests

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Only the headlights prevented it from achieving the Top Safety Pick+ award.

It’s hard to believe that the Model X SUV had never been crash tested before, but Tesla will have been rejoicing at the results as it was declared the safest SUV the NHTSA had ever tested thanks predominately to its low center of gravity, awarding it with the prestigious Top Safety Pick+ rating. Now, the acclaimed Chevrolet Bolt has been tested to destruction by the IIHS, and while it didn’t match the safety of the Model X, it still managed to earn a Top Safety Pick rating.

The all-electric hatch passed all five crashworthiness tests with flying colors, achieving “good” ratings for the small overlap front, moderate overlap front, and side impacts, as well as roof strength and head restraints. The Bolt also has an optional front crash prevention system which was awarded a “Superior” rating, while the lack of engine at the front makes the crumple zones more effective.

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In both frontal crash tests, the IIHS found only “a low risk of any significant injuries”. Surprisingly, the headlights were blamed as the reason why the Chevrolet Bolt wasn’t awarded a Top Safety Pick+ rating, which were branded as “poor" because they "provide fair to good visibility but produce excessive glare for oncoming drivers," the IIHS wrote in a report.

Of course, this could be potentially fixed in a facelift with revised headlights. Nevertheless, being awarded a Top Safety Pick will undoubtedly be a significant selling point for the Chevrolet Bolt after buyers were concerned about its small size and how it would withstand a crash.

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