Hyundai Sonata in 5-star performance, leaving Suzuki playing second fiddle

What are the safest cars for my fleet? Many managers may be asking themselves the same question, which is why the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) is so keen to inform people's purchasing decisions.

Any fleet managers considering the Hyundai Sonata will be pleased to hear that the Japanese model is the latest to orchestrate the highest five-star safety rating.

"The new Sonata brings excellent all-round safety to our market having cleared the higher hurdles demanded by our 2015 assessment requirements," ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh explained.

A range of airbags as well as antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution, electronic stability control, hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance (all as standard) set the model apart from the crowd.

However, the lack of autonomous emergency braking - something that comes as a standard feature in Hyundai's Genesis model - set it back slightly with an overall score of 33.84 out of 37.

It is testament to the Australian new car market that so many vehicles launched Down Under make the highest five-star grade when it comes to the crash tests performed by ANCAP - though not all reach this benchmark.

Suzuki Celerio narrowly misses the mark

The Suzuki Celerio, achieved a similar score of 32.49, yet achieved only a four-star safety performance. Mr McIntosh was quick to praise the manufacturers for improving its safety standards for the tough Australian market.

"ANCAP has put pressure on manufacturers to include head-protecting side airbags for many years, introducing this as a mandatory five-star requirement in 2004," he explained.

"We are happy to see Suzuki's positive response to this pressure even though the Celerio's list of other safety features does not meet ANCAP's requirements for five stars."

However, finding the safest car for your everyday fleet usage is not so simply measured. To speak to an expert today about how you can choose and manage the right fleet vehicles, contact Smartfleet online or call 1300 218 841.