In the most recent batch of vehicle safety tests for Australasia, ANCAP have run through and released scores for 3 new cars, that being the Mercedes-Benz W177 A-Class, the updated Mazda6, and the all-new Lexus ES.
You’ll be glad to hear that all the members of that trio have come away with very high 5 star ratings, a result that should apply to all variants as they are introduced to our market. The Lexus, for example, is mentioned specifically as the ES300h, but it’s unlikely that additional grades will not meet the same standards.
Out of all the cars, the Mercedes-Benz A-Class took the highest spot in the Adult Occupant Protection category with a collective score there of 96 percent. The Mazda6 is only a hair below that at 95 percent while the Lexus sits at very admirable 91 percent.
Child protection is another major category which, like the preceding one, is made up of a variety of individual impact assessments but also factors in things like the ease of installation of child restraints. Here the Benz and Mazda were rated at 91 percent while the Lexus came in at 86 percent.
While all three cars were awarded a near uniform score for overall Safety Assist, the most intriguing contrast comes from the Vulnerable Road User Protection category. Perhaps this highlights the differences between a true premium manufacturer and mid-range marques, but the Mazda was rated at 66 percent while the two luxury brands scored 90 percent or higher.
At the end of the day, the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class was the stand out star here, posting the highest scores seen to date for multiple categories. It should be noted that, out of all the cars tested in this round,the A-Class is indeed the newest overall vehicle.
Perhaps it is the net result of the Lexus ES being derived from a year-old Toyota Avalon and the Mazda6 (GL), which as been with us since 2013, showing signs of its age. New cars developed from the ground up with these safety measures in mind will surely breach higher and higher score numbers.