Baby Merc, Mazda 6 and Lexus ES300h gain five star safety ratings
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Australasia's vehicle safety agency ANCAP has awarded the top 5-Star safety ratings to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback, and the Mazda 6 and Lexus ES300h sedan models.
The three models achieved strong scores in all key safety areas, using standards now in place in both the Australasian and European markets.
"The new A-Class offers excellent all-round safety performance,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“It has achieved the highest Vulnerable Road User Protection rating to date with a score of 92 per cent, and has equalled the highest Child Occupant Protection rating scoring 91 per cent.”
Side chest-protecting airbags also extended to the rear seats as a standard feature on Australasian A-Class models, where it was offered as an option to European consumers.
“The Mazda 6 performed well for its protection of adult and child occupants however some concerns were noted for smaller occupants seated in the rear, where the pelvis of the dummy slipped beneath the lap section of the seatbelt in the full width test – known as submarining – and a penalty was applied.”
Lexus ES300h (Sept 2018–onwards) under ANCAP side impact test. Picture/Supplied.
The autonomous emergency braking capability of the Lexus ES300h was its standout feature with full points scored for its ability to detect and avoid pedestrians in all test scenarios, day and night.
“Strong performance was also recorded for its cyclist-detection capability,” Mr Goodwin said.
A penalty was also applied to the Lexus for submarining of the rear occupant in the full width frontal test.