So what’s safer in a crash…an SUV or a MINI?
Believe it or not, the latest car crash-testing results squash the myth that you have to be in a big, tall, heavy SUV to be safe from harm on the road.
Six out of seven small cars earned the maximum five-star ratings and outperformed many larger vehicles in the latest tests from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) and the European equivalent, EuroNCAP.
The results suggest that you are actually safer in a five-star Mini Cooper than in a four-wheel-drive Grand Vitara or Hyundai Santa Fe, both of which earned only a four-star rating.
In fact, the MINI Cooper also outperformed bigger sedans such as the venerated Toyota Camry.
Ratings are based on tests which include a frontal-impact test at 64km/h and a side-impact test at 50km/h.
To reach five stars, vehicles had to be fitted with curtain airbags, which reduce head injuries, and pass a test where the vehicle strikes a pole lined up with the driver's head at 29km/h (this is why they use dummies in the testing!).
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