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Mike Stevens | Mar, 18 2015 | 0 Comments

A new round of crash safety testing with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has seen top scores handed down to the new Ford Mondeo and Lexus NX, along with the Toyota Prius V.

For Ford, the Mondeo’s 5-Star rating comes just weeks ahead of its Australian debut, with full pricing and specifications having already been detailed earlier this month.

Among the new Mondeo’s standard features are airbags for the front and second row seats, inflatable rear seat belts, smart key, trailer stability control and automatic emergency call.

There’s also Anti-Lock Braking (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Traction Control System (TCS), Emergency Brake Assist, and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).

The mid-spec Trend model gains a rear-view camera, along with Active City Stop and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, while the top-shelf Titanium adds Blind Spot Information System, Enhanced Active Park Assist, Lane Keeping Aid + Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Drive Impairment Monitor.

MORE: Mondeo News & Reviews

Standard safety kit with the new Lexus NX SUV includes dual frontal, side chest, side head-protecting (curtain) and driver knee airbags. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard.

Higher-spec models add Lane Departure Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking.

MORE: NX News & Reviews

The Prius V, which first came to Australia in 2012, also joins the 5-Star squad this week.

"The Toyota Prius V has excellent family car credentials," ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Clarke, said.

"It has side head-protection (curtain airbags) and seat belt reminders for all three rows, reversing camera, and provides excellent pedestrian protection."

The Prius V also boasts electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA) as standard equipment.

MORE: Prius V News & Reviews
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