Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety ratings are published for a range of new vehicles entering the Australian and New Zealand markets
Used Car Safety Ratings (UCSR’s) help you to identify safer second hand cars.
Since 1993, ANCAP has published independent safety ratings for thousands of new vehicle makes, models and variants. These independent safety ratings are used to compare the relative safety between vehicles of similar size, and have become critical in car selection for private and fleet buyers.
Monash University Accident Research Centre estimate and develop the UCSR.
ANCAP safety ratings are determined based on a series of internationally recognised, independent crash tests and safety assessments – involving a range of physical crash tests, an assessment of on board safety features and equipment, and performance testing of active collision avoidance technologies.
UCSR’s are based on real-world crash statistics and are determined through the analysis of police-reported crashes where someone was killed or injured.
ANCAP test protocols have evolved over the years and from January 2018, all vehicles rated are evaluated against four key areas:
Vehicles are required to meet minimum score thresholds for each star rating level. Requirements are updated every two years to encourage the latest safety be available in new cars entering the Australian and New Zealand markets
The ratings focus on used vehicles and are determined through the independent analysis of the latest real-world crash statistics.
The overall safety star rating applied to each vehicle rated considers three components of vehicle safety performance.
ANCAP ratings include a “year tested” – the rating ‘year tested’ is the easiest way to tell how current an ANCAP safety rating is. Look for a vehicle which holds the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating with the latest ‘year tested’.
If you're wanting to maximise your safety and the safety of others, look for a vehicle with a 5-star overall safety rating and a 'SAFER PICK' marker.