Four-star safety for 2018 MG ZS

New MG model misses out on top safety score

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The recently launched MG crossover/small SUV, the ZS, has qualified for just a four-star ANCAP safety rating.

But there was better news for new SUVs from Holden and Hyundai with the Equinox and Kona both gaining maximum five-star scores.

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The news of the four star rating would be disappointing for MG Motors, stablemate, the MG GS, recently qualified for a five-star rating, the first Chinese car sold in Australia to achieve the accolade.

On the MG ZS result, ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said the four-star rating was due mainly to a poor performance in one particular crash test.

“We were impressed earlier this year with the safety performance of MG’s GS model, however its smaller stablemate, the ZS, does not perform as well.

“Its rating is held back to 4 stars due to sub-par performance in our head-on crash test.”

ANCAP reporting that the MG ZS scored 10.46 points out of 16.00 points in the frontal offset crash test.

Insufficient inflation of the passenger airbag caused ‘bottoming-out’ of the dummy head through the airbag and onto the dash, and a penalty was applied.

Protection for the driver’s knee area was also insufficient.

The ZS does not offer any form of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane support functions

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