While big cars didn’t dominate the ANCAP list for 2014, the range of small to medium vehicles with 5 star safety ratings continues to grow according to the New Zealand Automobile Association.
“The Mazda3, the 2014 New Zealand Car of the Year, along with the Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Polo and Honda Accord have all been awarded 5 star safety ratings this year, so the New Zealand fleet is becoming safer, says AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks.
“Even those in the second-hand car market have something to look forward to as these models will flow through to the used market in two or three years providing affordable, safe options for motorists,” says Stocks.
“While the ANCAP bar continues to be raised, which challenges manufacturers to put an increasing focus on structural safety and developing new active safety assist technologies (SATs) like autonomous emergency braking (AEB), there’s no denying that today’s 5 star cars will continue to provide good occupant and pedestrian protection.”
“Potential buyers should be asking about the ANCAP safety rating or the Used Car Safety Rating, which is based on years of real world crash data in New Zealand and Australia.”
Stocks says buyers should also start to familiarise themselves with the range of different SATs including those that vary between brands and models.
“We’ve come a long way since driver airbags were considered state-of-the-art safety devices. More manufacturers are including AEB as standard and depending on the age of the car, buyers should be starting to expect to see electronic stability control (ESC) alongside the usual antilock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake distribution (EBD).”
Stocks says a 5 star ANCAP safety rating provides the best chance of occupant survival in a crash.
The other cars in the ANCAP 5 star safety club this year are:
- Infiniti Q50 2.2D
- Toyota Corolla
- Subaru WRX
- Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
- Peugeot 2008 (2013)
- Skoda Rapid
- Kia pro_cee’d
- Mercedes-Benz C-Class (Awarded Safest Car at the 2014 NZ Car of the Year Awards)
- Maserati Ghibli
- Lexus CT 200h hybrid
- Lexus IS 300h hybrid
- Volkswagen Polo
- Hyundai Genesis
- Honda Accord
- Peugeot 308 diesel
- Toyota Prius C
- Subaru Outback
- Subaru Legacy
Also tested was the Ssangyong Stavic which gained a 4 star ANCAP safety rating and Great Wall V200 4×4 single cab ute, which achieved a 3 star rating says the NZAA.