The MG5 sedan and Mahindra Scorpio SUV have both received zero star ratings in the latest ANCAP safety ratings. The result is due to a range of limitations – in both physical crash protection and active collision avoidance performance.
In many areas, this was due to the fundamental omission of safety features that have been commonplace in new cars for many years. In the case of the MG5, it recorded significant injury risk measurements.
These included for the chest (poor) and legs (poor) of the driver in the frontal offset test, and the chest (poor) and legs (poor) of the rear passenger in the full width frontal test.
Penalties were applied for chest deflection and seatbelt loading exceeding injury limits, and hazards behind the dashboard structure. Loading on the head and neck of the child dummies in the MG5 was significantly higher than seen in most current generation vehicles.
Weak results were seen for three of the four dummies across both the frontal and side impact tests – indicating a lack of design effort to prevent rear-seat occupant injury in frontal impact and side impact scenarios.
Seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters are not fitted to front or rear seating positions on the base Vibe variant of the MG5 nor the rear seating positions on the Essence variant; a centre airbag to prevent injury in side impact crashes is not offered either.
Additionally, lane support or blind spot monitoring is not offered; and autonomous emergency braking performance was limited or not available. Contemporary aids to monitor driver alertness or the presence of children left in the vehicle are also not offered.
The Mahindra Scorpio faired better, with a mix of good, acceptable, marginal, weak and poor protection for adult occupants in the frontal offset, full width frontal, side impact and oblique pole crash tests.
A high risk of serious injury was recorded for the head, neck and chest of the rear female passenger in the full width frontal test, with a penalty applied for high seatbelt loading. In the side impact test, the driver’s seatbelt was observed to unlatch.
This occurred during deployment of the seatbelt pre-tensioner immediately prior to impact, and while having no impact on the test score, ANCAP has reported this to the manufacturer for further examination.
The Mahindra Scorpio is a three-row vehicle with side curtain airbags fitted for first and second rows only. Top tether child restraint anchorages are not fitted in the third row, and this vehicle is therefore not suitable for transporting young children in these .
A centre airbag between the two front seat occupants is not available. The Scorpio is offered as a six-seat vehicle in Australia but is not equipped with any active collision avoidance features, resulting in a 0 per cent result in the safety assist assessment.
The MG5’s overall scores were 37 per cent adult occupant protection, 58 per cent child occupant protection, 42 per cent vulnerable road user protection and 13 per cent safety assist.
The Mahindra Scorpio scored 44 per cent adult occupant protection, 80 per cent child occupant protection and 23 per cent vulnerable road user protection, in addition to its safety assist result.
“Both brands have misjudged the safety expectations of today’s consumers,” ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg said.
“The MG 5 and Mahindra Scorpio were both released into the Australian and New Zealand new car markets for the first time this year, yet it’s clear that their safety offerings are some generations behind what we see with almost every new car on sale today.”
Exhaust Notes Australia reached out to both MG Motor Australia and Mahindra Automotive Australia via email, prior to publishing. We received replies from both car makers. There responses provided below, in full.
A spokesperson from MG Motor Australia said:
“MG has worked closely with the Australian Government to ensure that the MG5 has met the relevant Australian Design Rules (ADRs) for vehicle design when they are first supplied to the Australian market.
“The MG5 was certified and approved for sale in Australia and has met the (ADR) rules to be sold. The current MG5 is offered to the Australian market as an affordable car in the sedan segment.
“We are always striving to do the right thing by our customers in terms of affordability, form and function. Where and when possible, we will add improvements to our products for our models during their life cycle. In 2024, the MG5 will receive a safety pack upgrade which will increase the overall safety of this model inline with ANCAP’s rating system.
“Theses planned enhancements for the MG5 will reiterate our commitment to customers and ensure further passenger safety with much more advanced ADAS systems including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Speed Assist systems, Lane Assist systems and Pedestrian Protection safety systems as seen in some of our other models.”
Mahindra Automotive Australia made the following official statement:
At Mahindra, we are dedicated to providing our customers with SUVs that are safe, authentic, and reliable. The Mahindra Scorpio stands as a strong testament to this commitment.
At its launch, the Scorpio fully adhered to the Australian Design Rules (ADRs), demonstrating our dedication to meeting rigorous standards while also excelling in robust 4×4 capabilities and steadfast reliability.
Equipped with comprehensive safety features, including 6 airbags, ESP, ABS, a crashworthy ring structure with multiple load paths and extensive use of high-strength steel, it reaffirms our focus on the structural safety of the vehicle and the protection it offers occupants.
Scorpio’s Global NCAP 5-star safety rating highlights its high safety standards while demonstrating its strong structural integrity and the effectiveness of its inherent safety features.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), updated on January 1, 2023 has specific requirements that include certain additional features.
We at Mahindra are committed to our promise of safety and are working towards meeting unique safety regulations and these requirements for Australia as part of our product mid-cycle update.
We continuously strive towards safety innovations, ensuring every Mahindra customer can drive our SUVs with the utmost confidence and peace of mind.