The latest round of ANCAP crash results saw the recently released B-Class hatchback manage the highest score of 36.78 out of a possible 37 points across a range of crash disciplines.
The score was carried over from the European NCAP testing and rated against the ANCAP criteria. Part of the reason the B-Class scored so well was because it has a range of standard safety technologies including a radar-based collision warning system that alerts the driver of an impending collision and pre-loads the brakes to help it stop quicker.
Following the European standards, ANCAP has increased the weighting of crash avoidance technologies in its overall ratings as part of a new “road map” for the organisation.
“The ANCAP Rating Road Map progressively introduces minimum mandatory and additional safety assist technology requirements over the coming years. Ahead of its time however, the B-Class has scored beyond the current requirements to achieve this 5 star result,” ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh said.