2023 VW Amarok, MG 4, Lexus RX & Chery earn five-star safety


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The latest round of Euro NCAP crash testing sees top marks for 11 new models including the Volkswagen Amarok, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Chery Omoda5, MG 4, LDV MIFA, Volkswagen ID Buzz and Lucid Air.

New cars due to land in Australia have earned full five-star safety ratings from Euro NCAP, which bodes well for a shared rating in Australia due to the alignment of both the European safety program and ANCAP on ratings (spec dependant). In many cases, ANCAP does not actually crash test models locally and instead adapts the Euro NCAP score.

In the latest round of testing, some of the cars due to go on sale in Australia in the next 12 months have scored a five-star rating from Euro NCAP – and some scored only four stars.

2022 Euro NCAP 5-Star ratings (December)

Chery Omoda5
Ford Ranger (European-spec)
Land Rover Discovery Sport
Lexus RX
Lucid Air
Mercedes-Benz GLC
MG 4
Skoda Octavia
VW Amarok
VW ID Buzz


The Volkswagen ID Buzz (the VW ID 3 will be the first electric ID in Australia next year) was one of the 11 cars to receive a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. Of note, these results come in December which is the organisation’s final round of testing before new regulations come into effect next year.

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Volkswagen’s reborn version of the famous microbus achieved 92% for adult occupant protection, 87% for child occupants and 90% for safety assistance, with 60% for vulnerable road users.

The mechanically identical Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger both scored 84% for adults, 90% for children, 74% for vulnerable road users and 84% for safety assistance.

The MG 4 bolstered its appeal with five stars, scoring 83% for adult occupancy, 80% child occupancy, 75% for vulnerable road users and 78% for safety assist.

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The Lucid Air also scored five stars. The US-built, high-powered electric sedan scored 90% for adult occupancy, 91% for child occupancy, 78% for vulnerable road users and 85% for its safety assist systems.

Away from electric cars, the Land Rover Discovery Sport achieved 84% for adult occupants, 89% for child occupants and 85% for safety assist. The SUV also scored 71% for vulnerable road users.

Other premium SUVs, such as the new Lexus RX and Mercedes-Benz GLC, were also deemed safe enough for the maximum five-star score.

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The RX was one of the month’s highest across-the-board performers, with 90% adult occupancy, 87% for child occupancy, 89% for vulnerable road users and an impressive 91% for safety assist.

It was another successful month of Euro NCAP test results for Chinese models, with the Chery Omoda 5 and LDV MIFA 9 both scoring well across the board to achieve five stars. The two models join the Nio ET7, Smart #1 and Wey Coffee 02 which scored five stars in the previous round of testing.

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The Ford Puma and Volkswagen Touran, meanwhile, scored four out of five, losing out on a perfect score because of “challenges in adult occupant protection”, despite scoring 75% and 77% respectively. The Peugeot 408 and Citroën C4 X were also rated at four stars.

NCAP’s regulations will be stiffened next year and testing authority will place more pressure on car makers to consider other road users. Changes include autonomous emergency braking protocols for motorcycles and new scenarios in passive safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen said: “2022 has been one of Euro NCAP’s busiest ever years and we have seen a lot of new car makers and new technologies. It’s clear that European consumers still demand the highest levels of safety and that a good Euro NCAP rating is seen by car manufacturers as critical to success here.

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