Buying a new car is not only a financial investment, but also an investment in the safety of yourself and your family. Finding a safe choice might seem like a chore, but the ANCAP safety rating system is here to make it easier.
Did you know that you have twice the chance of being killed or seriously injured in a 3 star ANCAP safety-rated car than in a 5 star ANCAP safety rated car.
Meet the Peugeot 308, recipient of the ANCAP 5 star safety rating.
What is ANCAP testing?
Before we take a look at the Peugeot 308 in detail, let’s take a look at what ANCAP testing actually is.
On their website, ANCAP explain their crash testing as follows:
“ANCAP uses a range of internationally recognised crash tests and safety assessments undertaken by independent specialist laboratories.
A suite of crash tests is conducted mimicking the most common types of crashes. Vehicles must achieve minimum scores across all physical crash tests for each ANCAP safety rating level.
In all physical crash tests, dummies are used to scientifically measure the various forces on occupants and pedestrians. The data gathered from the dummies is then assessed and scores determined for each respective crash test.
In addition, vehicles are required to be fitted with certain safety assist technologies (SAT). The overall score is then translated into an ANCAP safety rating of between 1 to 5 stars, with higher scores and greater safety features awarded more stars.“
How did the Peugeot 308 perform?
The Peugeot 308 was put under 5 main tests:
- The Frontal Offset Test (Score: 14.82/16 Grade: Good) which simulates hitting another car of the same mass travelling at the same speed. This is tested by having 40% of the car, on the driver’s side, make contact with a crushable aluminium barrier at 64 km/h.
The test car has two adult dummies in the front seat; the rear seat has an 18 month old child dummy and a three year old child dummy, both in appropriate child restraints.
- The Side Impact Test (Score: 16/16 Grade: Good) which simulates two cars colliding at 90 degrees. This is performed by running a 950kg trolley into the driver’s side of the test car at 50 km/h. The trolley has a crushable aluminium face to simulate the front of another car.
- The Pole Test (Score: 2/2 Grade: Good) which simulates an accident in which a car collides with a fixed object such as a tree or pole. Curtain airbags are particularly effective in preventing injury in this type of crash. This is tested by propelling a car sideways at 29 km/h into a rigid pole aligned with the driver’s head. The pole is relatively narrow, resulting in major penetration into the side of the car.
- The Whiplash Protection Test (Grade: Good) which assesses likely head and neck injury resulting from a rear impact crash. This is tested with the car’s seat mounted to a test sled. The sled is propelled forward to simulate a rear-end crash – equivalent to a stationary car being hit at 32 km/h.
- The Pedestrian Protection Test (Score: 23.39/36 Grade: Acceptable) which simulates accidents in which a pedestrian is hit by an oncoming vehicle. These accidents represent about 15% of fatal crashes in Australia and New Zealand. This is tested to estimate head and leg injuries to child and adult pedestrians struck by a test vehicle at 40km/h.
The full test report is available here (PDF).
There are many considerations when purchasing a new car. How would a pedestrian fare given the worst? How safe would your family be inside if there were to be an accident? The ANCAP rating is a clear indicator of car safety and should be the first thing you look for in your new car.
Choosing a car that could save your life is simple. Look for the 5 star ANCAP logo at your local dealership or check the safety rating of your vehicle here.