Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority (ANCAP) has revealed its top performers for 2018 – the Benz A-Class, Toyota Corolla and Holden Acadia.

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class achieved the highest overall score of the twelve vehicles rated by ANCAP in 2018 with a score of 89.6%.

Second overall, the Toyota Corolla hatch made a significant step forward, leading as the top rated passenger car with a score of 87.4%.

The Holden Acadia rounds out ANCAP’s top three as the highest overall scoring sports utility vehicle (SUV) at 87%.

“In 2018 we introduced tough new test and assessment protocols, streamlining standards across Australia, New Zealand and Europe,” ANCAP boss, James Goodwin, said.

“These top performers clearly demonstrate that vehicle brands, through ANCAP’s influence, are continuing to strive for the highest levels of crash protection and crash prevention.

“The new A-Class was a standout in terms of overall safety performance,” Mr Goodwin said.

“It achieved the highest Vulnerable Road User Protection rating and equalled the highest Child Occupant Protection rating.”

“The safety improvements provided in this latest generation Corolla are remarkable, and highlights that top safety performance is accessible and affordable.

“Not only does the Acadia provide good protection for occupants in physical crashworthiness testing, it is fitted with a range of active safety systems which performed very well in preventing or reducing the severity of crashes with pedestrians and cyclists,” Mr Goodwin added.

A full list of vehicles rated by ANCAP in 2018 can be viewed at or via the ANCAP Safety app.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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