As Kiwis, we spend a lot of time in our cars. The daily commute, the spontaneous weekend getaway, carting the kids around. It’s worth taking the time to choose the right car – boot space is handy, keyless entry makes things easy, and bluetooth is ideal for road trip tunes. But a safe car literally saves lives. New car safety data has just been released, how does your car stack up?
The latest Used Car Safety Ratings, which focuses on real-world crash data, has released a new set of data which includes crash results up to 2017. The new findings have pushed many cars even further down the list in terms of safety, and some of the results might surprise you. The ratings really do make a difference – on average, a car with a one-star Used Car Safety Rating is around twice as likely to cause death or injury in a crash compared to a five-star rated car.
It’s important to note the difference between the two vehicle safety ratings. Used Car Safety Ratings is based on real test data on used cars. ANCAP ratings are based on testing new cars using laboratory data. The discrepancies have faced some recent controversy, so it’s worth checking out both ratings to get an overall idea of safety.
Around 300 car models manufactured 1998 – 2017 were included, and given a five-star rating. 22 were allocated “Safer Pick” status. ‘Safe picks’ also need to meet the requirements of reversing sensors or reversing camera and electronic stability control (ESC).
Safest cars according to 2019 Used Car Safety Ratings:
LIGHT CARS Category
No ‘Safer Picks’ but Honda City 2009-13 achieved 5 stars
SMALL CARS Category
Safer Picks: Audi A3 2004-13, Mazda 3/Axela 2013-17, Nissan Pulsar (B17 Sedan) 2012-17, Toyota Prius 3 (2009-16)
Volkswagen Golf 2013-17 wasn’t a ‘safe pick’ but achieved 5 stars
MEDIUM CARS Category
Safer Picks: Audi A4/S4/RS4/AllRoad 2008-15, Mazda 6/Atenza 2012-17, Peugeot 407 2004-11
Ford Mondeo 2007-15, Jaguar X-Type 2002-10, Subaru Liberty/Legacy/Outback/Exiga 2009-14, Volkwagen Passat 20016-15 weren’t ‘safe picks’ but all achieved 5 stars
LARGE CARS Category
Safer Pick: Mercedes Benz E-Class W212/C207/A207 2009-16
BMW 5 Series 2003-10, Holden Commodore VF 2013-17, Mercedes E-Class W211 2002-09, Volvo V70/XC70 2000-07 weren’t ‘safe picks’ but all achieved 5 stars
COMPACT SUVs Category
Safer Pick: Jeep Compass 2007-17
Hyundai ix35 2010-15, Jeep Patriot 2007-16, Kia Sportage 2010-15, Nissan Dualis 2007-13, Volkwagen Tiguan 2008-16 weren’t ‘safe picks’ but all achieved 5 stars
MEDIUM SUVs Category
Safer Picks: Audi Q5/SQ5 2009-16, Honda CR-V 2012-17, Mazda CX-5 (2012-17), Mitsubishi Outlander/4007 (2006-12), Subaru Forester (2012-17), Subaru Tribeca (2006-14)
BMW X3 2004-10, Dodge Nitro 2007-11, Hyundai Santa Fe (2006-12), Jeep Cherokee (2001-07), Jeep Wrangler (2007-17), Lexus RX270/350/400h/450h (2009-15), Mazda CX-7 (2006-12), Nissan X-Trail (2007-14), Suzuki Grand Vitara (2008-17) weren’t ‘safe picks’ but all achieved 5 stars
LARGE SUVs Category
Safer Picks: Audi Q7 (2006-14), BMW X5 (2001-06), BMW X5 (2007-13), Mercedes Benz ML-Class W163, Mercedes Benz ML/GS-Class W164/X164 (2005-11), Mitsubishi Pajero (2007-17), Nissan Patrol (2012-17)
Jeep Grand Cherokee (1999-2005), Land Rover Discovery / Discovery 4 (2009-16), Mazda CX-9 (2007-15), Nissan Pathfinder (2009-13), Toyota Landcruiser Prado (2009-17), Volvo XC90 (2003-15) weren’t ‘safe picks’ but all achieved 5 stars
Looking at the full list of ratings (view here) the safety benefits of newer vehicles is very clear. Interestingly, the popular Suzuki Swift has only rated one star, despite achieving a five-star rating when tested new in ANCAP.
If you’re thinking it might be time to upgrade to a safer car and need a car loan to help make it happen, Sprint Finance might be able to help. With flexible criteria, instant decisions and great rates, we’ll have you on the road (safely) in no time.