A COTY contender tops the latest round of crash testing
THE Australian New Car Assessment Program has awarded five-star results for four SUVs and a small car.
The top ratings go to the Korean cousins, Kia’s Sorento — aCarsguide Car of the Year finalist— and the Hyundai Santa Fe, Infiniti’s FX, Mitsubishi’s Outlander and the Citroen DS4.
For those who are hitting the dealerships before hitting the road at Christmas, I urge you to look for a car which has been awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating,’’ program chairman Lauchlan McIntosh says.
This year the road safety program has delivered safety ratings for 48 new vehicles, 39 achieving five stars.
Eight vehicles rated four stars and one, the Mahindra Pik-Up, scored three.
Twenty years (ago) . . . we had no five-star cars, then a decade ago we had our first five-star car. It’s a big win for consumers,’’ McIntosh says.
The ratings have become progressively tougher.
Stability control and other safety features must be standard to achieve the coveted five stars.
We still have a lot to do to make sure we don’t get complacent,’’ he says. ‘‘ The fleet moves to only buy fivestar cars has done a lot— BHP and government fleets among them. It’s been a good shift in thinking.’’
Improved active and passive safety features have been critical in reducing the road toll.
Last year 1277 Australians died on the roads in 2011, the nation’s lowest toll since 1946.