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The Ford Kuga, Mitsubishi Mirage and Volkswagen Beetle have all been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in the latest round of new vehicle crash tests.

The second-generation Ford Kuga (pictured above) maintained the five-star mark of the first-gen SUV with a score of 36.33 out of a possible 37, with the safety of all variants aided by dual front, side, curtain, and knee airbags as standard equipment along with seatbelt reminders, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, and electronic stability control.

Mitsubishi Mirage - ANCAP

Upon its recent return to the Australian new-car market after a 10-year absence, the Mitsubishi Mirage (pictured above) has also impressed ANCAP scoring 34.07 out of 37 with solid results across all four assessment criteria. With dual front, side, and curtain airbags as standard equipment and the inclusion of front occupant seatbelt reminders, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, emergency brake assist, and electronic stability control, ANCAP says the new Mirage “provides a safe choice for consumers looking for a low-cost new car”.

In achieving its new five-star safety rating, the new Volkswagen Beetle (pictured below) has bettered the previous Beetle’s four-star mark. With dual front, side, and curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, and seatbelt reminders all standard, the new Beetle scored 35.28 out of 37.

Volkswagen Beetle - ANCAP

ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said it was encouraging to see that nearly 70 per cent of new cars sold in the first month of 2013 held a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

“ANCAP wants to see this positive trend continue as we raise the bar for all safety ratings year on year,” McIntosh said.

“More five-star cars on the market means safer drivers, occupants and pedestrians.”

The Mitsubishi Mirage launched in January, while the new second-generation Ford Kuga and new Volkswagen Beetle are due to go on sale locally in the coming months.




  • Zaccy16

    i still would rather be in a kuga or a beetle in a crash than a mirage!

    • Annawat6

      Hey zaccy, you really are a pest! You seem to be on every car site with silly comments such as these. You need to just accept that the mirage for the money is a fantastic little car.

      Grow up!!

      • Zaccy16

        i would say it would be good for the money if it was $8000 or $9000 but for $11,990 and up its much too expensive

        • Captain Nemo®™

           Yeah 8 grand that’s about as much as a woeful Mexican made VeeDud is worth.  Wouldn’t pay a cent more.

    • Vale

      I’d like to see you get a Kuga or Beetle for Mirage money.

  • Douglas9305

    If it’s OK with you, I’d rather not crash at all…….

  • pixxxels

    They need to raise the number of stars they award or re-weight their values or something. Soon every new car will have a 5 star rating (barring possibly Protons and Cherys). There needs to be some comparison at the top. 

    • Viv

      Google the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front offset crash testing results from the USA and you will see a different mix. For example, the normally compliant 5-star Toyota Camry was deemed to be poor.

      The IIHS also found that many common midsized cars (eg Suzuki Kazashi, Subaru Liberty, Kia Optima, Nissan Altima) substaintially outperformed some more expensive models (Audi A4, Mercedes C-Class, Lexus IS250/350) in the crash test.

      Arguably if you change the standard test then you change the results.  Perhaps some manufacturers design for the standard test rather than real world crashes.  It might also explain while the severity of real world motor vehicle injuries/deaths does not align perfectly with standard safety ratings.  Some 4 star cars have proven much safer than some 5 star cars.