20 Dec 2019

Top overall performer for 2019 awarded to the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

ANCAP, Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, has revealed its top performing vehicles for 2019 - the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, Tesla Model X and Tesla Model 3.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA (Medium Car) was the top performer for 2019, achieving an overall weighted score of 90.2%.

“Well done to the CLA for being named the standout performer,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

“It received a healthy five-star score, performing exceptionally well in the areas of Child Occupant Protection (92%) and Vulnerable Road User Protection (91%) where it achieved the highest scores of all vehicles rated this year.”

Following a close second for the year was the Tesla Model X (Large SUV) with an overall score of 89.6%.

“The Model X received a record-equalling high score of 98% for Adult Occupant Protection, with full points awarded for the protection of the driver in all four of the full-scale crash tests - frontal offset, full-width, side impact, and oblique pole,” said Mr Goodwin.

Rounding out the Top 3 for 2019 was the Tesla Model 3 (Medium Car) with an overall score of 89.4%.

“Both the Model 3 and Model X achieved the highest Safety Assist scores recorded to date at 94% - well ahead of all others rated this year.”

“A top performer must demonstrate high scores across all four key areas of assessment,” said Mr Goodwin.

“Worthy of a notable mention is the Toyota HiAce – the first commercial van to be assessed and perform exceptionally well against the stringent 2019 criteria.”

It achieved scores of 94% for Adult Occupant Protection, 88% for Child Occupant Protection, 84% for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 77% for Safety Assist.

Of the 40 ANCAP safety ratings issued throughout 2019, 33 (83%) achieved the market-driven five-star result.

The full list of vehicles rated by ANCAP in 2019 can be viewed at www.ancap.com.au/safety-ratings or via the ANCAP Safety app.

Top performers by vehicle category:

LIGHT CAR: Audi A1 (86.6%)

SMALL CAR: Mazda 3 (88.4%)

MEDIUM CAR: Mercedes-Benz CLA (90.2%)

LARGE CAR: Audi A7 (86.0%)

SMALL SUV: Lexus UX (89.0%)

MEDIUM SUV: Toyota RAV4 (88.6%)

LARGE SUV: Tesla Model X (89.6%)

UTILITY: Toyota Hilux (89.0%)

VAN: Toyota HiAce (87.4%)

PEOPLE MOVER: Toyota Granvia (87.8%)

Tesla Model 3

Tesla Model X