Five-Star ANCAP performance for Kia, Mazda and Renault

Recent crash tests performed at ANCAP have resulted in 5-star performances for the Renault Clio, Mazda6 and Kia Carens.

ANCAP frontal offset test of Kia CarensCrash testing has been performed on three new car models by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) with 5 stars having been awarded in all three cases.

The 2.2 litre diesel Mazda6 was introduced into the markets of New Zealand and Australia in 2012 and the crash test results apply to all variants of the model including saloon and estate configurations. It is fitted with dual front air bags as well as side chest and head curtain air bags. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is fitted as standard as well as advanced seat belt reminders for all seats in the car.

In the crash test, the Mazda6 held its shape well and there was acceptable control of steering wheel and pedal movement. Good protection levels were observed on side impact and whiplash tests resulting in the overall 5-star result.

Falling into the small car category, Renault’s 0.9 litre three-cylinder Clio also performed well in the ANCAP crash test. The well-equipped Clio has ESC as well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB). However, despite having front dual and side impact air bags, the Clio disappointed the ANCAP testers with a lack of head-protecting side air bags for rear seat passengers. Notwithstanding this disappointment, the car received an overall score of 35.87 out of 37 and was awarded 5 stars. This rating is only applicable to 3-cylinder versions of the car with the 4-cylinder Clio having not yet been rated.

A lack of head protecting sid airbags for rear passengers was also a disappointment on the Kia Carens with this equipment lacking for the third row of seats in the people-mover. However, the Carens (which is known as the Rondo in the Australian market) achieved 5-star performance in all of its tests including the whiplash test. ANCAP was also pleased with the inclusion of advanced seat belt reminders for all seats including the third row. The Kia Carens joins other small, medium and 4×4 Kia models in achieving 5-star performances.

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