Car Rating Lifecycle
Information on this website is based on two separate safety ratings - the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) ratings and the Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR).
ANCAP crash tests brand new vehicles in a laboratory under specific conditions. In contrast, UCSR are based on the analysis of real world car crashes and these ratings are updated annually. It can take several years for enough crash data to become available for a UCSR to be calculated. On this website, for cars that have an ANCAP rating, if a UCSR rating becomes available it replaces the ANCAP rating.
The used car crash research and new car assessment program serve as a guide to the crash protection offered by different cars. They tell you how well your car will protect you in a crash and let you compare research and review car safety ratings for your next new or used car purchase.
While the ANCAP and UCSR systems are not comparable, whichever rating you use, the more stars the better!
To better explain the differences in rating systems, below is the safety rating pathway that cars move through in their lifecycle:
*ANCAP also rates cars based on crash test data from EuroNCAP tested vehicles that are relevant to Australasia. EuroNCAP chooses the best selling cars in Europe to be tested.