The new MG ZS has scored a disappointing four stars in ANCAP safety testing, while the Holden Equinox and Hyundai Kona managed five-star ratings.
Hindering the MG's success was a below-average 10.46 out of 16 for the frontal-offset test, which saw insufficient inflation of the passenger's airbag, causing the dummy to 'bottom out'. ANCAP says protection of the driver's knee was also insufficient in the Chinese-built crossover.
“We were impressed earlier this year with the safety performance of MG’s larger GS model – the very first Chinese vehicle to achieve the top safety rating – however its smaller stablemate, the ZS, does not perform as well. Its rating is held back to 4 stars due to sub-par performance in our head-on crash test,” said James Goodwin, ANCAP's CEO.
Meanwhile, the ZS's segment rival, the Hyundai Kona, managed five stars with a 35.07 out of 37 overall score, helped by its better overall passenger protection and availability of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keeping systems across the range.
"Its crash test performance was well within 5 star range, and AEB is offered for all variants though it must be optioned on the base variant in Australia. AEB is, however, a standard inclusion on all New Zealand variants," Goodwin said of the Kona.
The new Holden Equinox also managed top marks, though Goodwin noted that customers need to opt for higher-grade models to get AEB and lane-keeping systems.
The MG ZS's four-star rating applies across all variants, while the five-star tag applies to all versions of the Hyundai Kona and Holden Equinox.
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