Mike Stevens | May 27, 2011

A new round of crash-testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program has seen a 4-Star safety rating awarded to Toyota's Rukus hatch, following its local launch in June last year.

The Rukus scored 12.61 from a possible 16 points in ANCAP's offset crash test, and a full 16 points in the side impact crash test.

The test report shows that the hatch's passenger compartment held its shape well, although points were lost for 'marginal' leg protection on the driver's side.

Standard safety features for the Rukus include six airbags - driver and front passenger, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

Stability control features include ABS braking with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist, traction control and vehicle stability control.

Ford's updated and overhauled 2011 Territory has retained its 5-Star rating, continuing the top score of its pre-update predecessor.

The new rating is based on crash tests carried out in 2006, along with new technical information for the updated 2011 Territory.

The Territory scored 12.57 out of 16 in the offset crash test, with the passenger compartment holding its shape well, although a moderate risk exists for serious chest injury for front occupants, along with a slight risk of lower leg injury.

A full 16 points were awarded in the side impact crash test, along with a further two points in the optional pole test.

The 2011 model year sees the Territory gain a driver's knee airbag, bringing the total complement to five for all models.

A Roll-over Mitigation system has also been added to the standard-fit Bosch Generation 9 Dynamic Stability Control, constantly monitoring the vehicle's behaviour and inducing additional understeer when the potential for rollover is detected.

The ageing Mitsubishi Pajero has also been put through its safety paces, achieving a 4-Star ANCAP rating.

The Pajero scored 11.41 out of 16 in the offset crash test, and while the passenger compartment held its shape "reasonably well," there was marginal protection from serious leg injury for the driver.

A full 16 points were awarded in the side impact crash test.

Standard safety features for the Pajero include dual front, side and curtain airbags, along with Active Stability Control, Active Traction Control, Engine Brake Assist Control, ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.

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