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The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has rounded out 2012 by awarding five new cars the maximum five-star safety rating.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi OutlanderCitroen DS4, Infiniti FX and the Kia Sorento all achieved the top rating in the program’s final round of crash testing for 2012.

Of the 48 vehicles assessed by ANCAP this year, 39 cars (81 per cent) scored top marks, while eight managed four stars and just one, the Mahindra Pik-Up, scored three. Encouragingly, no vehicle was awarded one or two stars in 2012.

The all-new Hyundai Santa Fe (top) became the second-highest rated vehicle in ANCAP’s ‘Large SUV’ class – its score of 35.63 out of 37 putting it behind only the considerably more expensive Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

The Santa Fe’s sister car, the updated Kia Sorento, scored 33.21, trailing the Hyundai mostly in the frontal offset crash test component (13.25 out of 16 for the Kia versus 15.63 for the Hyundai), while the Infiniti FX (above) scored 33.48.

The new third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander (above) became the third-highest rated ‘Medium SUV’ according to ANCAP, scoring 35.58 points to leave it trailing only the Volvo XC60 (36.53) and the new-generation Honda CR-V (35.91).

The Citroen DS4 (below) also performed strongly, scoring 35.68 out of 37 in ANCAP’s assessment of the crash test conducted by Euro NCAP.

  • Wertjeadflg

    Tiny or gigantic, they all get 5 stars in the lab. But in real life crashes, there are H-U-G-E differences that it’s not really funny.

    • Amlohac

      I thought the idea behind this type of testing was to eliminate the gap between small and large cars in terms of saftey? Dont they test all the vehicles in exactly the same way under exactly the same scoring systems?

      • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

        yes that is the theory, but look at the frontal crashes that the americans are doing now and you will see that a car can be engineered for saftey in the lab but when put into more real world type crashes some sont fare so well.

        lab test can only go so far.

      • Sydlocal

          With the offset crash test, ANCAP/Euro NCAP only simulate what
        would happen if the vehicle had an offset crash with the same type of car
        travelling at the same speed in the opposite direction. As you said they are all tested the same way, just like the ADR fuel consumption test. Hence it is only a guide and a comparison of the performance of a vehicle when tested to the same standard. Just like the ADR fuel figure it is not always a true indication of how it will perform in the real world as there are too many variables to give an accurate result under all conditions.

    • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

      That is something i would like to see done just for viewings sake.
      a larger Monocoque SUV vs a smaller one. Say V8 Infinit vs DS4 in a frontal offset and see what happens to both.
      You Tube 2009 Malibu vs 1959 Chevrolevt impala – consumerreports one.
      that is a medium car vs a rather large older car. goes to show sometime weight doesnt matter.

      • Tex

        Isn’t there a video on youtube of a Renault Modus vs an old Volvo wagon…

      • idlebrain

        I don’t think that crash test has anything to do with weight and size of car.
        That’s 50 years difference and it’s huge difference if you consider the development of technology.

        try google , you’ll find that bigger and heavier is safer.

        Also there is the crash test on youtube  

         2008 accord vs 2008 fit/jazz, camry vs yaris ( IIHS )

  • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

    i notice the infiniti had its curtain airbags down but the hyundai didnt.

    is there a theorectical law when these should deploy? i.e. speed offset etc. like there is for frontal airbags?

    BTW for a scary video look up VB Commodore crash test on Yout Tube.

    we have come a long way.

  • Chronic831

    Pity the roof of the my13 outlander dings when your look at it whilst washing. just lean on the edge roof transition and you will leave dings like its made of clay.