ANCAP award 3 new car models the highest safety rating

Fleet managers looking for the safest new vehicles can add a few more to their list of considerations following the release of the Australasian New Car Assessment Program's (ANCAP) most recent round of safety reports.

Three car models - the VW Polo, Lexus IS and Lexus CT200h - have all received 5-star ratings in the August report, putting them on the top of the list for road safety standards, along with the two 5-star recipients from July's report

The independent safety testers say each model was awarded the highest standard after performing strongly in physical crash tests.

The ratings were also in no small part due to the advancement of intuitive technology features. However, ANCAP have called for more basic models to be fitted with the safety technology that often only comes as an added extra.

The Volkswagen Polo has been awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating for the past four years. This year's Polo model offers added safety features such as secondary brake collision assistance and an emergency stop signal (ESS) as factory standard. Added extras like adaptive cruise control (ACC), autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and fatigue detection (a useful feature for fleet services working across longer distances) are not available to the lower Polo variants.

The Lexus CT200h comes with reversing collision avoidance, ESS and a smart key that prohibits certain actions, such as speeding. ACC and AEB are optional extras.

The Lexus IS received top scores when it came to protecting pedestrians preventing whiplash, though only the more expensive versions include ACC, AEB, lane monitoring and blind spot assistance.

Managers in the market for fleet additions may have to look at what extras new vehicles offer and match this with driver and business needs before opting for either the basic or the top-end models. Alternatively, vehicle procurement assistance can be found here.