The cars scoring 5 stars under tough new safety test

A small car and a four-wheel drive ute have been awarded 5-stars for safety by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), in its most stringent test yet

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the two vehicles’ rating was proof manufacturers were keeping safety top of mind no matter the vehicle class. 

“It’s no longer only family cars being fitting out with the latest safety features but small cars like the Toyota Yaris and bigger fleet vehicles like Isuzu’s D-Max utility,” Ms Hunter said.

“These vehicles have been put through the most rigorous testing to date, and to have come out on the top of the table with 5-star ratings shows there are real options for drivers.

“We want to see Queenslanders in the safest cars they can afford, so if you’re in the market for a car, whether new or used, we encourage you to check out ANCAP’s safety ratings to make sure you’re buying one with the greatest protection for both you and other road users.”

ANCAP Director of Communications and Advocacy Rhianne Robson said both vehicles passed the upgraded frontal offset test which incorporated a moving barrier to represent an oncoming vehicle.

“Our 2020 requirements again set the bar higher to promote further vehicle safety improvements and address some of the ongoing challenges on our roads,” Mrs Robson said.

“The D-MAX rating has been highly anticipated by fleet and private buyers and re-establishes the safety benchmark for the competitive ute segment where the introduction of safety features has tended to lag that of passenger cars and SUVs.

“The Yaris introduces some of the most sophisticated passive and active safety systems – including dual centre airbags and AEB with Turn Assistance which are features that are being seen for the first time in 2020.”

The full ANCAP results could be found here.