Five-star SUV favourite

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An­other SUV has ticked the fives­tar box in NCAP crash test­ing as the Mit­subishi ASX joins the world’s top-ranked fam­ily favourites.

It scored the five-star safety rank­ing in a fresh round of NCAP test­ing in Europe that in­cludes the first re­sults for an elec­tric car — four stars for the Mit­subishi iMiEV. The Citroen C-Zero and Peu­geot’s iOn, which share the ba­sic de­sign of the iMiEV, also got a four-star score.

In other re­sults, the Hyundai ix20 — a baby MPV un­der con­sid­er­a­tion for lo­cal sales — also got five stars and the bar­gain Da­cia Duster was three-star dis­ap­point­ment.

The Mit­subishi re­sult with the iMiEV wins praise from the head of Euro NCAP, Dr Michiel van Ratin­gen. ‘‘We recog­nise the ef­forts done by Mit­subishi to demon­strate that plug-in bat­tery pow­ered cars can be as safe as oth­ers,’’ he says. ‘‘It shows that a fu­ture five-star ac­co­lade for EVs is not un­think­able. Whether pro­duced by es­tab­lished car man­u­fac­tur­ers or by new play­ers on the mar­ket, con­sumers should ex­pect to get elec­tric ve­hi­cles that meet the same safety stan­dards as con­ven­tional ve­hi­cles.’’

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Euro NCAP con­firms its re­al­world em­pha­sis by test­ing the iMiEV with ‘‘live’’ bat­ter­ies, also em­pha­sis­ing the post-crash bat­tery in­tegrity and op­er­a­tion of the bat­tery cut-off switch.

At the same time as the lat­est Euro­pean re­sults, the Kia Optima — al­ready one of the sur­pris­ing delights in Aus­tralia in 2010 — be­came the first Korean car to achieve the high­est safety rat­ing from the Na­tional High­way Trans­port Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the US.

It gets a five-star rank­ing un­der a sys­tem that in­cludes tougher new crash tests.

The Mit­subishi ASX joins the world’s

top-ranked fam­ily

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The dash­board view of the Mit­subishi ASX

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