Tesla, MG and Audi end the year on an ANCAP high

Tesla has come out on top in the latest round of reviews from vehicle safety authority, Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), achieving a record-equalling high score.

Tesla’s Model X was awarded five-stars, receiving 98 percent for Adult Occupant Protection and 94 percent for Safety Assist.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club was impressed Tesla had lead the way not only for alternative technologies, but safety too.

“The Tesla achieved close to full points in the autonomous emergency braking test scenarios and top marks for protection of the driver in the crash tests,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Not only will this technology help prevent you from having a crash in the first place, but you’ll have the best chance of staying safe if you do.

“The model also provides another quality option for drivers who may be considering making the switch to an electric vehicle.”

The Audi A7, Audi Q8 and MG HS were also awarded five-star safety ratings, while Hyundai’s new small SUV, the Venue, scored four-stars due to its less advanced safety systems.

“Both Audi vehicles scored well in all assessment areas which means you’ll be travelling in a high level of safety in one of these vehicles,” she said.

“An Audi might not be an affordable choice for every motorist, but there are plenty of safe options at a lower price point like the SsanYong Korando and Subaru Forester.

“Five-stars is the expected standard and if you’re considering buying a car in the new year, that’s what you should be looking out for.”

The full results could be viewed on ANCAP’s website.