ANCAP test results see VW Polo on top with Toyota Camry falling short

ANCAP test results see VW Polo on top with Toyota Camry falling short

The latest round of ANCAP crash-safety tests have concluded and the 2010 Volkswagen Polo has come out trumps with a 5-Star safety rating. Both the 2010 Toyota Hybrid Camry and the updated Great Wall X240 each scored a 4-Star rating.

The Polo’s 5-Star rating is no real surprise with the 2010 World Car of the Year already achieving the same rating under Europe’s similar Euro NCAP program.

The Hybrid Camry’s 4-Star rating – expected for some time and now official – has been the subject of some controversy today, with Toyota issuing a statement that seriously questions the ANCAP testing process.

A reactionary statement from ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh was released that took a shot back at Toyota, pointing to the fact that the Hybrid Camry’s crash testing showed results almost identical to the 2007 Camry, while the Great Wall X240 has moved up from two stars to four in less than a year.

The Hybrid Camry is fairly well equipped and offers six airbags and electronic stability control. The reasons for missing out on top marks was the lack of a passenger seatbelt warning, and a steering column that is considered by ANCAP to be a potential danger to a driver’s knees in an accident.

Interestingly, Great Wall X240 which also scored 4-stars is not fitted with curtain airbags and does not even offer electronic stability control – a feature deemed so important that the Australian Federal Government has made it mandatory on new vehicles from November next year.

To read a Car and SUV road test of the Great Wall X240, click here.

To read a Car and SUV road test of the Volkswagen Polo, click here.

The latest round of ANCAP crash-safety tests have concluded and the 2010 Volkswagen Polo has come out trumps with a 5-Star safety rating. Both the 2010 Toyota Hybrid Camry and the updated Great Wall X240 each scored a 4-Star rating.

The Polo’s 5-Star rating is no real surprise with the 2010 World Car of the Year already achieving the same rating under Europe’s similar Euro NCAP program.

The Hybrid Camry’s 4-Star rating – expected for some time and now official – has been the subject of some controversy today, with Toyota issuing a statement that seriously questions the ANCAP testing process.

A reactionary statement from ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh was released that took a shot back at Toyota, pointing to the fact that the Hybrid Camry’s crash testing showed results almost identical to the 2007 Camry, while the Great Wall X240 has moved up from two stars to four in less than a year.

The Hybrid Camry is fairly well equipped and offers six airbags and electronic stability control. The reasons for missing out on top marks was the lack of a passenger seatbelt warning, and a steering column that is considered by ANCAP to be a potential danger to a driver’s knees in an accident.

Interestingly, Great Wall X240 which also scored 4-stars is not fitted with curtain airbags and does not even offer electronic stability control – a feature deemed so important that the Australian Federal Government has made it mandatory on new vehicles from November next year.

To read a Car and SUV road test of the Great Wall X240, click here.

To read a Car and SUV road test of the Volkswagen Polo, click here.

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