ANCAP TESTS – All pigs are created equal but some …..

Hi Bob Aldons from Car Business with a curious comment. I received a press release from ANCAP recently. ANCAP is the Australian New Car Assessment Program – the body which provides buyers of new cars a safety rating on the car that they’re considering as a purchase.

ANCAP published the results of 3 tests today. Fiat Chrysler with the Fiat 500X, Subaru with the Subaru Impreza and Mercedes-Benz with their E-Class. Accordingly, all 3 vehicles tested received 5 stars which at first glance you’d be forgiven for thinking is an excellent outcome for all three manufacturers, but as George Orwell said in his book Animal Farm, “All pigs are created equal, but some are more equal than others”.

So what does Orwell and Animal Farm have to do with cars I can hear you asking. Well this is my opinion, and as opinions go, you can ponder mine, or reject it out of hand – this will surely depend on your attitude to the testing procedures and the ‘scores.’

Both Subaru and Fiat Chrysler ‘donated’ a vehicle for these tests – the manufacturer gives ANCAP a vehicle to destroy (er test), and the benefit of this is that these manufacturers get an assessment from ANCAP themselves. Mercedes-Benz on the other hand, rely on the outcome of the Euro NCAP which isn’t scored in the same manner.

So how do you convert the Euro NCAP test results, so it makes sense in Australia? Well, it’s not so easy, but I took percentages from 4 categories and worked out a number for the Benz, but used the ANCAP scores for the Fiat and Subaru. The results?

ANCAP testing provides unbiased data on the safety aspects of cars sold in Australia

Fiat 500X                               97.62%         (36.12 out of 37)

Subaru Impreza                    96.76%         (35.80 out of 37)

Mercedes-Benz E-Class       82.03%        (84.50 out of 103)

So the best that I can determine from these scores is that the Euro NCAP testing regime doesn’t score the Mercedes as well as the Fiat and Subaru is rated by ANCAP.

I’m told that ANCAP will adopt the European testing regime commencing in 2018, but what it does do is provide a high level of confusion at least to me.

Congratulations again to Fiat and Subaru – scores in the high 90’s surely gives potential buyers of these styles of vehicles confidence that they and their families are traveling in some of the safest vehicles built anywhere in the world.



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Car Business is a multi-dimensional automotive company that aims to help you to buy your new car for a better price than you can do on your own. Based on the Redcliffe Peninsula about 15 minutes from Brisbane Airport and 30 minutes from the Brisbane CBD, Car Business is located in an area that allows us to pick and choose from Brisbane’s finest new cars for sale.

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I’ve been in the car industry since 1978 – covering all aspects that consumers need advice on. I’ve been called a lot of things in my time – The Car Professor, The Car Doctor, and recently the Car Guy, but the bottom line is that I know a lot about this industry. Whenever someone needs some advice – they call me.

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Please drive carefully


Warm regards

Bob Aldons


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