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Australia’s Safest Cars

Coles Financial Services 30th May 2015 in Car insurance

Why is car safety important?

Why is car safety important?

We all want a car that feels good to drive (and looks nice too), but it’s more important to get where we’re going, safely. And even if you’re the most careful driver on the road, you can’t control the behaviour of other drivers.

In a crash, different cars provide various levels of protection to the people inside. Some cars also have features to help avoid accidents in the first place. The combination of safety features included in each make and model has a big impact on the overall safety of a vehicle.

What makes a car safe?

Thanks to the introduction of minimum safety standards for new cars sold in Australia, many cars are safer than they used to be. But some are still better than others.  Especially in new cars, there are specific safety features to look out for. These include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Antilock Braking Systems (ABS)
  • Frontal, side, curtain and knee airbags
  • Safety Assist Technologies including: braking and stability, speed alerts, fatigue assistance, rollover protection, advanced lighting, restraints

For a comprehensive list of safety features, see the TAC’s Buyers Guide.

Car safety ratings in Australia

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR) publish car safety ratings from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent).

“ANCAP ratings are based on data from tests performed in a crash lab and UCSR are based on data from real world crashes.” – howsafeisyourcar website.

In an ANCAP crash lab, dummies are used in physical crash tests to measure the likely injuries a driver, passenger or pedestrian might suffer during impact. Testers also make note of structural changes to the car’s compartment and movement of the dummy during the crash.

Australia’s top 10 safest cars from ANCAP’s 2014 safety ratings

In 2014, ANCAP published 41 new safety ratings for passenger, SUV and light commercial vehicles. Many cars achieved an excellent 5 out of 5 star rating.

Below are the top 10 safest vehicles in Australia based on their overall 2014 ANCAP safety scores.

 Car Make and Model 
Type  Overall score (out of 37)
 1 Hyundai Genesis
November 2014 - onward 
lrg 36.88  *****
 2 Nissan Qashqai
July 2014 - onward
 compact suv 36.56  *****
 3 Maserati Ghibli
2014 - onward
 lrg 36.47  *****
 4 ;Mercedes-Benz C-Class
(C200, C220 BlueTEC, C250,
C250 BlueTEC)
July 2014 - onward
 lrg 36.46  *****
 5 Peugeot 5008
2013 - onward
 ppl mover 36.41  *****
 6 Mazda 3 (petrol)
2014 - onward
 sml 36.4  *****
 7 Kia pro_cee’d
2014 - onward
 sml 36.19  *****
 8 Jeep Cherokee (2L diesel AWD)
2014 - onward
 lrg suv 36.16  *****
 9 Lexus CT200h
December 2013 - onward
 med 36.13  *****
 10 Subaru Liberty / Legacy
January 2015 - onward
 med 35.99  *****
Source: 2014 ANCAP Safety Ratings

How do I know if my car is safe?

If you’re curious how your vehicle compares, you can search for your car’s make and model at or Or, if you’re in the market for a new car there’s also a great comparison tool on

Information for this article was sourced from and www. and was correct as at 24 December 2014.

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