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MG MG5 & Mahindra Scorpio score 0-star ANCAP safety rating

Yep, both the new MG MG5 and the Mahindra Scorpio have just been assessed by ANCAP and given a score of 0 stars under the latest safety assessment criteria.

Starting with the MG5, it was given ratings of poor for chest and poor for the legs, while the seat belt loading pressure exceeded limits for injury thresholds. Penalties were also applied due to hazards behind the dashboard structure. ANCAP also said:

“Loading on the head and neck of the child dummies in the MG 5 was significantly higher than seen in most current generation vehicles, with Weak results seen for three of the four dummies across both the frontal and side impact tests.”

In the end, it scored 37 per cent for adult occupant protection, 58 per cent for child occupant protection, and 42 per cent for vulnerable road user protection. It scored a dismal 13 per cent for its on-board safety assist features, but this is mostly because some are not fitted.

As for the Mahindra Scorpio, ANCAP says it demonstrated a mixture of good, acceptable, marginal, weak and poor performance. ANCAP noted a “high” risk of serious injury for the head, neck and chest for the rear seat passenger, and during testing a seat belt unlatched following the side impact crash test.

Overall, it received 44 per cent of adult occupant protection, 80 for child occupant, 23 per cent for pedestrian, and 0 per cent for its lack of safety assist technologies. Speaking about the results, ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg said:

“Market competition is healthy and encouraged, however there is also a well-established expectation from Australian and New Zealand private consumers and fleet buyers that new cars entering our market offer the best levels of safety.”

Why zero stars? ANCAP says this was due to a range of concerns, although the majority of the blame seems to be directed at the missing active safety assist systems in these vehicles. ANCAP said:

“Local testing of the MG 5 sedan and Mahindra Scorpio SUV has shown both models unable to achieve a safety rating any higher than zero stars due to a range of limitations – in both physical crash protection and active collision avoidance performance. In many areas, this was due to the fundamental omission of safety features that have been commonplace in new cars for many years.”

See below for the crash test videos to see how they performed.

Brett Davis

Brett started out as a motor mechanic, but eventually became frustrated working on cars that weren't his. He then earned a degree in journalism and scored a job at Top Gear Australia back in 2008, and then worked at Zoom/Extreme Performance magazines, CarAdvice, and started PerformanceDrive/PDriveTV in 2011 with Josh Bennis, and ran it for 12 years. He's now the owner and managing editor here at Driving Enthusiast.
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