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by George Skentzos

The new Holden Cruze has narrowly outperformed its competitors to be announced the safest car under $25,000 according to a report released by the NSW Minister for Roads, Michael Daley, and the RTA.

Having earned the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the Cruze scored a segment-leading 35.04 out of a possible 37 in ANCAP testing.

This ANCAP score is the highest of any vehicle in that price category, edging out its nearest rivals from Ford, Mazda and Hyundai.

The Ford rivals faired next best with scores of 34.46 and 34.44 for Focus and Fiesta respectively.

This is closely followed by the Mazda2 with 34.33 while the Hyundai i30 SLX rounds out the top five with a score of 32.54.

These scores are calculated by considering a combination of crashworthiness and standard safety equipment, with all cars mentioned receiving the maximum five-star rating from ANCAP.

Standard safety features for the Cruze include ESC, front and side airbags for both the driver and front passenger, side curtain airbags and front seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters.




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