Australia’s best and least secure cars

Australia’s best and least secure cars

car-keysEngineers from the NRMA Insurance’s Research Centre have assessed over 190 current-model cars across eight vehicle categories and scored them for security.

The results show that Audi, Mitsubishi and Jaguar scored highly on many categories, while on the other hand Toyota, Honda and Nissan scored the lowest in various categories.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) estimates that the cost of vehicle theft in Australia is over $610 million per year, and it’s consumers who pay the price through higher insurance premiums and added demands on our justice system.

Waiting for police or insurance companies for resolution after your car has been broken into or stolen can cause major disruption to your work and personal life, not to mention the uneasy feeling that a stranger has invaded your privacy.

How were cars scored?

The vehicles were given a score out of 100 based on three main criteria:

  • Entry systems (doors, ignition locks, alarms, rear seat/boot access and glazing)
  • Engine immobilisers (higher technology immobilisers attracting higher scores)
  • Vehicle identification (body stamping, security labelling and microdotting)

The results were divided into the following categories: small cars, small to medium cars, medium cars, large cars, people movers, coupes and convertibles, SUV’s, and commercial vehicles.

The top three and bottom three in each category include:

Small car – Top three: Audi A1 Sportback (76/100) Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan (74/100) and the Mini Cooper 3 Door (70/100).

Bottom three: Toyota Prius C (32.5/100), Toyota Yaris 5 door (32.5/100), and Nissan Micra (22/100).

Small to medium cars – Top three: Audi A3 Sportback 5 Door (81/100), Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan (75/100), and Audi A3 Sedan (74/100).

Bottom three: Honda Civic Sedan (22/100), Proton Preve(22/100), and Honda Civic 5 Door (21/100).

Medium cars – Top three: Audi A4 Wagon (78/100), Audi A5 Sportback 5-door (78/100), Subaru Liberty Sedan (75.5/100).

Bottom three: Citroen DS5 (36/100), Kia Optima (36/100), Honda Accord Euro (20/100).

Large cars – Top three: Audi A6 (83/100), Jaguar XJ (81.5/100), Jaguar XF (80.5/100). Bottom three: Ford G6 Sedan (36.5/100), Nissan Altima (35/100), Honda Accord (21/100).

People movers – Top three: Ssangyong Stavic (53.5/100), Citroen Grand C4 Picasso (51.5/100), Peugeot 5008 (47.5/100).

Bottom three: Toyota Prius V (33.5/100), Proton Exora (26/100), Honda Odyssey (21/100).

Coupes and convertibles – Top three: Jaguar F-Type Convertible (80.5/100), BMW 4-Series Convertible (80/100), BMW 4-Series Coupe (80/100).

Bottom three: Kia Pro Ceed (36/100), Toyota (32.5/100), Honda CR-Z (22/100).

SUV’s – Top three: Audi SQ5 (81/100), Subaru Forester (80.5/100), Subaru XV (77.5/100).

Bottom three: Nissan Juke (32/100), Nissan Qashqai (30/100), Isuzu MU-X (24/100).

Commercial vehicles – Top three: Volkswagen Transporter Van (64/100), Holden Colorado Cab Chassis 63/100), Volkswagen Amarok Utility (62/100).

Bottom three: Great Wall Motors V240 Cab Chassis 34/100), Mitsubishi Triton Utility 30/100), Isuzu D-Max Dual Cab Utility 20/100).

To view the results of each category and car model click here.

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