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Mike Stevens | Apr, 16 2015 | 3 Comments
  • 5 Stars: Triton, Discovery Sport, Captur, i3, Model S
  • 4 Stars: Cooper 3-door and 2 Series Active Tourer fail to impress

A new round of crash safety testing has seen top scores with the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme handed down to Mitsubishi’s upcoming new Triton.

Also impressing in the latest round was the new Land Rover Discovery Sport, Renault’s compact Captur and the high-tech Tesla Model S.

BMW’s i3 also locked in a 5-Star rating, although the 2 Series Active Tourer and the Cooper three-door of its MINI brand both failed to achieve top marks. Both came out with 4-Star ratings.



The Triton’s new 5-Star rating will be a welcome award for Mitsubishi, opening the door to fleet sales that have been off-limits to the current 4-Star range.

The Triton achieved a score of 15.22 out of 16 in the frontal offset crash test and top marks in the side impact and pole tests.

Standard safety kit across the Triton range includes dual front SRS, side and curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.

Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats across its Single, Club and Double Cab model range, along with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).

A reversing camera will also be standard with some models and an option with others.

The Triton’s score applies to all variants, including all cab styles, engines, transmissions and drive configurations.

Full pricing and specification details for the new Triton will be revealed later this month with its Australian market debut.

MORE: Triton News & Reviews


Discovery Sport, i3, Model S, Captur

Top 5-Star ratings were also handed down for all variants of the electric BMW i3 and Tesla Model S lines.

Land Rover’s Discovery Sport gets a 5-Star rating for 2.2 litre diesel models, and the Renault Captur’s 5-Star rating applies to three-cylinder petrol variants only.

Other models in both ranges are technically unrated, although safety specifications in both are largely identical.

MORE News & Reviews: Discovery Sport | i3 | Model S | Captur


2 Series Active Tourer, MINI Cooper

In the 4-Star camp is BMW’s new 2 Series Active Tourer and the new MINI Cooper three-door.

The 2 Series Active Tourer failed to satisfy the frontal offset test, achieving just 11.34 points out of a possible 16.

2 Series Active Tourer: Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) are standard. Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Speed Assist Systems (SAS) are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.

The Cooper failed to achieve the minimum threshold in the side impact test, scoring 12.19 out of a possible 16.

ANCAP rated driver chest and abdomen protection in the side impact test as “marginal”.

The Cooper’s new 4-Star score will be particularly disappointing for MINI, with the previous-generation three-door boasting a 5-Star overall rating and a 14.49 score in the side-impact test (carried out in 2007).

Cooper: dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains) are standard. Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) are also standard. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), reversing collision avoidance and tyre pressure monitoring are optional. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.

The Cooper and 2 Series Active Tourer are both built on BMW's new front-wheel-drive 'UKL' platform.

MORE: 2 Series Active Tourer | MINI Cooper
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