The Opel Corsa, Subaru Outback and Volvo V40 have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in the latest round of crash testing.

ANCAP CEO Nicholas Clarke said the standout performer was the Volvo V40 (above and below), which scored 36.67 points out of 37.

The V40, which launches in Australia late next month, is equipped with a host of advanced safety systems including a pedestrian-detecting autonomous braking system and a world-first under-bonnet airbag.

As a result, the compact Volvo becomes the first vehicle to earn top points in offering maximum protection for pedestrians’ heads, and is one of the few vehicles to earn the highest ‘good’ rating for overall pedestrian protection.

The Subaru Forester (above) also impressed, scoring 35.64 points out of 37 to become the top-rated vehicle in ANCAP’s compact SUV segment.

All new Forester models are fitted with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), while high-grade variants score Subaru’s EyeSight system, which incorporates pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning, among other features.

The Opel Corsa (above) joins its larger Astra and Insignia siblings in offering five-star safety. The recently released city car scored 33.72 points out of 37, and is equipped as standard with six airbags and electronic stability control.




  • davie

    Getting harder to buy an unsafe passenger car these days.

    • Monk

      Don’t give up Davie…

    • Yesyoucan

      thats what chinese cars are for

  • Daniel

    Gosh, for the Corsa to be able to get a five star score after four years is pretty impressive. 

  • Frank

    ANCAP, how about implementing the “small overlap test” as part of your tests. No? Is that because manufacturers request that you don’t? Yes, we’d all be very shocked to see how our popular Cars and SUVS perform in such a real test wouldn’t we?

    • Peter

      Yeah, it’s amazing the difference it makes from the moderate overlap test.  I have had several Volvos, and it makes you interested in this stuff.  I read that the passenger compartment intrusion in a lexus IS in the small overlap test is 10 times more than a Volvo s60.  The C class and A4 were poor, 3 series marginal.  The Passat cc had its door ripped off.  Volvo s60 of course was good.

  • Frank

    That’s right Peter, the small overlap test shows what a great car the Volvo S60 really is. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw the results the Lexus IS achieved, and what about the Germans as you mentioned? Sadly though, many more narrow minded badge snobs will flock to buy a Lexus, Audi, Mercedes, or BMW this year over Volvo. Oh well their loss.