2019 Mazda CX-8 and Volvo XC40 get 5 star ANCAP ratings

Looking for the safest SUV? The 2018 Mazda CX-8 and 2018 Volvo XC40 have passed the Australian New Car Assessment Progam’s strictest ever criteria with flying colours, each scoring 5 star ratings.

ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin said:

“The hurdles have been raised significantly for vehicles tested from 2018.
We now test and rate against four key pillars of assessment, and across these we have implemented a range of enhancements to encourage vehicle manufacturers to improve the active and passive safety elements of their models.
Most notably, we’re looking at the performance and effectiveness of active safety assist technologies, and the ability of a vehicle to protect a broader range of occupants, including children and females.
Parents of young children will know that not all vehicles have the ability to safely fit child restraints in all seating positions. To assist, child restraint installation now forms part of each rating.”
We are assessing the correct installation of a range of commonly available restraints – from newborn to 10 years – in each of the rear seating positions, and 6 year and 10 year child dummies now feature in our physical crash tests.”

Check out the videos below to see exactly how they performed.