Mercedes, Mazda and Lexus get five-star ANCAP
ANCAP has released ratings for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mazda 6 and Lexus ES model ranges.
All three scored a maximum five-star rating, awarded after testing was performed in Europe by EuroNCAP. The European system aligns its requirements with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program and the scores will carry over to Australian delivered vehicles.
All cars received top marks but there were clear stands outs, with the A-Class receiving some of the highest safety scores yet – 96 per cent for adult occupancy - and the Lexus passing all automated emergency braking tests including pedestrian detection, a new requirement added to the testing regime as active safety systems become the standard requirement for a five-star rating.
“The new A-Class offers excellent all-round safety performance,” said ANCAP chief executive, James Goodwin.
“It has achieved the highest Vulnerable Road User Protection rating to date with a score of 92 per cent, and has equalled the highest Child Occupant Protection rating scoring 91 per cent.
“The autonomous emergency braking capability of the Lexus ES300h was its standout feature with full points scored for its ability to detect and avoid pedestrians in all test scenarios at day and night. Strong performance was also recorded for its cyclist-detection capability.”
The Mazda6, while scoring five stars and a 95 per cent adult occupancy rating, was criticised for poor child occupancy protection in the rear seats. Marks were deducted due to submarining of child dummies on the rear seat (where the occupant can be propelled under the lap seat belt), which the three-star Ford Mustang was also recently penalised for.
“The Mazda 6 performed well for its protection of adult and child occupants however some concerns were noted for smaller occupants seated in the rear,” said Goodwin.
“Where the pelvis of the dummy slipped beneath the lap section of the seatbelt in the full width test – known as submarining – and a penalty was applied.”
Alex Rae is Drive’s Melbourne based reporter with over 10 years’ experience in the automotive industry as a photographer and journalist. Having studied both engineering and the arts, Alex understands what makes things tick while appreciating that sometimes it’s all about form over matter…