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Looking to buy a new car? Australia’s leading independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has crash tested thousands of cars to help you make the safest choice.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is Australia’s leading vehicle safety advocate. The independent, non-regulatory authority was established in 1992 and has been scientifically cash-testing vehicles since 1993.
Over its 30-year history, ANCAP has assessed the safety and performance of more than 1,000 models and crash-tested thousands of cars in order to provide Australian and New Zealand consumers with independent vehicle safety information through its highly regarded ANCAP safety ratings.
According to the Economic Connections (ECON) Report on ANCAP’s Role to Reduce Road Trauma (August 2022), ANCAP’s encouragement of autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist, and centre airbag technologies is estimated to have contributed to 22 fewer fatalities and 571 fewer serious injuries on Australian roads between 2019 and 2021.
ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg says ANCAP’s rating program enhances the safety of the Australasian vehicle fleet by encouraging fitment of safety technologies ahead of government regulation.
“We know the continued injection of the safest vehicles onto our roads has tangible road safety and economic benefits, and this strong performance of models rated over the past three years will see even an even greater number of lives saved and serious injuries avoided.”
In its latest round of assessments, ANCAP tested 33 models, 30 of which achieved the maximum five-star safety rating.
Of the cars tested in 2022, the Tesla Model Y was named Australia’s safest car overall with the top-selling EV achieving the highest scores in the Adult Occupant Protection (97%) and Safety Assist (98%) assessment areas, and an overall weighted score of 92.6 per cent. The Lexus NX, LDV MIFA 9 and LDV MIFA rounded out the top three scorers.
Of the 69 vehicle models rated by ANCAP over the past three years, 88 per cent achieved a maximum five-star rating, 45 per cent of which have alternative-powered drivetrains.
ANCAP's Carla Hoorweg says these days most new vehicles sold achieve a five-star ANCAP rating.
“This clearly shows the desire and commitment of vehicle manufacturers to offer the safest vehicles they can into the Australian and New Zealand markets, and the continued appetite of consumers and fleet buyers who expect the highest level of safety,” Ms Hoorweg said.
RACV’s General Manager of Automotive Services, Jackie Pedersen, says ANCAP safety ratings should be a primary consideration for anyone looking to purchase a new vehicle.
“The simplest way to see how your vehicle stacks up when it comes to safety is to check how many stars it has earned,” she says. “The higher the ANCAP safety rating, the higher your chance of avoiding injury, or worse, in the event of a crash.”
If you’re looking to buy a new car, here’s what you need to know about ANCAP’s vehicle safety ratings.