Euro NCAP's Michiel van Ratingen said at the time that the MG6's 4-Star rating was indicative of the drive to improve the safety standards of Chinese cars, suggesting that top scores could soon be within reach.
But, two years later, the MG6 now available in Australia is largely unchanged and now ranks among a dwindling number of new and recent passenger cars without a 5-Star rating.
"Consumers now expect new cars to have a 5-Star ANCAP safety rating, so the 4-Star rating for the MG6 may be a deal breaker for some when it comes to making thei r purchasing decision," ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said.
ANCAP testing saw the MG6 achieve only a 'marginal' rating for leg protection in the front row. Alarmingly, the tests also found that the airbag did not prevent the head from impacting against the rim of the steering wheel.
There was better news for Citroen DS5 and Peugeot 208 owners however, with both models awarded a 5-Star safety rating.
It should be noted however that the 208's score applies only to five-door four-cylinder models, meaning the three-door and three-cylinder options remain officially unrated.
Top scores also went to Holden's new Trax crossover, which goes on sale in Australia this week.
Safety features in the Trax include six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist and hill descent control.