February ANCAP safety ratings roundup

Posted: 7 March 2018 11:38 am
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Five models tested in February 2018 receive top safety ratings.

Car models from BMW, Jaguar, VW, Mercedes and Holden all received a five-star ANCAP safety rating in February 2018.

What are ANCAP Safety Ratings?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is the region's pioneering vehicle safety assessor and upholder. ANCAP takes vehicles and performs a series of crash tests on them to ascertain the vehicle’s safety levels. The car model is then graded between one and five stars, a score of one being the lowest level of protection and five the maximum possible award. Ratings are independent and a realistic assessment of a car's safety levels.

To achieve the top five-star rating, vehicles need to meet specific structural integrity requirements as well as featuring safety equipment like airbags and electronic stability control. New models must also now come with Safety Assist Technologies such as autonomous braking or fatigue monitoring systems.

Why does ANCAP release safety ratings?

ANCAP releases safety ratings as part of its commitment to “eliminate road trauma through the testing and promotion of safer vehicles”.

The simple star-based rating system informs buyers of a vehicle’s crash test performance and safety when searching for a new car.

Publishing the ratings also encourages car manufacturers to consistently raise the safety bar and incorporate modern safety technology and driver assists.

Why do ratings carry a date stamp?

Safety standards are continually evolving thanks to research and engineering efforts. Therefore, the crash testing safety criteria are constantly improving with newer cars subject to increasingly stringent requirements.

For example, to achieve a five-star rating according to the 2018 ANCAP tests, a vehicle must:

  • Offer good levels of occupant protection in all six crash tests.
  • Feature active systems to detect and avoid pedestrians.
  • Be a safe choice for carrying children.
  • Include a range of safety features.
  • Have autonomous safety technologies.

These requirements were newly introduced for this year. When looking for the safest possible vehicle, you should look for a five-star rated car with a recent year date stamp.

ANCAP February 2018 ratings

Vehicle Make and Model Rating Awarded in February 2018 ANCAP Notes Watch the crash test
BMW X2

(tests performed on BMW X1 Platform and X2 as needed)

★★★★★

5/5

Updated 2015 model rating for 2018. Scored 70% for Safety Assists, with no Lane Keep Assist and a lowly scored speed assistance system. Generated poor results around windscreen for pedestrian collision. Watch
Jaguar E-Pace ★★★★★

5/5

Scored highly, but blind spot monitoring and lane keep assists are optional extras. Drivers lower leg protection is listed as weak, receiving a deduction of 1 point from the scoring. Watch
Volkswagen Polo ★★★★★

5/5

Fell down on Safety Assists with no lane support system available. The Speed Assistance system scored 1.5 out of 3. Protection for a 10-year-old dummy was marginal for the neck area in a frontal offset crash. Some pedestrian tests returned weak or poor results around the windscreen area. Watch
Mercedes-Benz X-Class ★★★★★

5/5

Scored above average, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning and a speed limiter as standard. 6-year-old dummy test was marginal in a frontal offset crash. Watch
Holden Commodore

(2018 model based on 2017 Opel / Vauxhall Insignia)

★★★★★

5/5

Scored 85% for child occupant protection but only 32.8 out of 42 for pedestrian protection. Has AEB, LDW and LKW as standard. Front occupant protection was only adequate. Watch

Safety rating breakdown

Vehicle Make and Model Adult Occupant Protection Child Occupant Protection Pedestrian Protection Safety Assist
BMW X2 90% 87% 74% 70%
Jaguar E-Pace 86% 87% 77% 72%
Volkswagen Polo 96% 85% 76% 59%
Mercedes-Benz X-Class 90% 87% 80% 72%
Holden Commodore (2018 model, based on Opel / Vauxhall Insignia) 93% 85% 78% 77%

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