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by Tim Beissmann

The latest round of Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) testing has rated selected models of the Ford FG Falcon Ute and the entire BMW X1 range five stars for safety.

The five-star safety rating applies to all current model six- and eight-cylinder Falcon Utes fitted with stability control (ESC), side airbags and a tunnel-mounted transmission lever (ESC and side airbags are standard on XR6 and XR6 Turbo, optional on XL and R6).

Its score of 33.58 points out of a possible 37 is the highest ever recorded by a utility in Australia.

In total, ANCAP awarded 14.62 out of 16 in the offset crash test, where the passenger compartment was in “excellent shape after the test”, and 15.96 out of 16 in the side impact crash test where there was deemed to be a “slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver”.

Two bonus points were awarded for completing the optional pole test, and one for featuring a seat belt reminder.

Ford Australia President and CEO, Marin Burela, said the result was a strong endorsement for the home-grown workhorse.

“The FG Falcon has been judged by ANCAP to be the safety leader amongst locally manufactured vehicles, which further reinforces Ford’s long standing reputation for safety leadership in Australia,” Mr Burela said.

“We design our cars to deliver real-world safety benefits for our customers, but this result serves as a resounding third-party endorsement of the world-class body structure and comprehensive suite of active and passive safety features we have developed for Falcon.”

Also awarded five stars was the BMW X1, with its rating based on Euro NCAP testing conducted overseas.

Featuring six airbags, ABS, ESC and front seat belt reminders as standard, the X1 achieved 14.02 out of 16 in the offset crash test and a perfect 16 in the side impact crash test. Four additional points were awarded for the pole test and seat belt reminders.