Mercedes Benz C-Class in a side impact test
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Latest vehicles to receive five-star ANCAP safety rating

Two of Australia's most high-tech new cars have scored top marks in the latest round of crash testing.

The Kia EV6 SUV and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class are the latest vehicles to be awarded maximum 5 star ANCAP safety ratings.

All single and dual motor variants of the Kia EV6 battery electric vehicle (BEV) are covered by the 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Full points were awarded for the driver in both the side impact and oblique pole tests, and for child occupants in the frontal offset test. However, marginal performance was recorded for the driver’s chest and lower leg in the frontal offset test.


Equipped with the range of collision avoidance systems we’ve come to expect in today’s five star cars, the EV6 performed particularly well for its ability to prevent collisions with cyclists, and oncoming vehicles in avoidance tests simulating intersection turns.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the first vehicle to achieve full points under the latest testing criteria for both the driver and rear passenger in the full-width frontal test.

The Mercedes Benz C-Class

Good levels of performance were recorded in all autonomous emergency braking (AEB) car-to-car test scenarios, including the ability to avoid or mitigate a collision when turning across the path of an oncoming vehicle. Adequate performance was shown in tests of its pedestrian-detecting AEB system.

The C-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be tested against ANCAP's 2020-2022 protocols, and we're please to see how well it's performed.

ANCAP has also awarded a five-star safety rating to the new Volkswagen Multivan plug-in hybrid people mover.

The Volkswagen Multivan

While currently on sale in New Zealand, it's yet to be confirmed for the Australian market.

Full details on the safety performance of all of these vehicles can be viewed on the ANCAP website