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Best ANCAP safety ratings of 2019: Tesla Model X and Model 3 beaten by Mercedes-Benz CLA

The Tesla Model X set two ANCAP records this year, raising the bar in Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist testing.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has released its best safety ratings of 2019, with the Mercedes-Benz CLA mid-size sedan narrowly beating Tesla’s Model X large SUV and Model 3 mid-size sedan for top honours.

The CLA achieved an overall weighted score of 90.2 per cent (the average result of ANCAP’s four testing categories), while the Model X followed closely behind with an 89.6 per cent effort.

“Well done to the CLA for being named the standout performer,” said ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin. “It received a healthy five-star score, performing exceptionally well in the areas of Child Occupant Protection (92%) and Vulnerable Road User Protection (91%), where it achieved the highest scores of all vehicles rated this year.

“The Model X received a record-equalling high score of 98 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, with full points awarded for the protection of the driver in all four of the full-scale crash tests – frontal offset, full-width, side impact, and oblique pole.”

One of the Model X’s siblings, the Model 3 sedan, finished third with a score of 89.4 per cent, which Mr Goodwin said was partly thanks to its strong suite of advanced driver-assist systems, dubbed Autopilot in Tesla marketing speak.

“Both the Model 3 and Model X achieved the highest Safety Assist scores recorded to date at 94 per cent – well ahead of all others rated this year,” he said.

Of the 40 new models issued safety ratings by ANCAP in 2019, 33 – or 82.5 per cent – got a highly coveted five-star result.

A list of the best performers by category for the year can be found below.

Best ANCAP safety ratings of 2019:

CategoryModelOverall weighted score
Light carAudi A186.6%
Small carMazda388.4%
Mid-size carMercedes-Benz CLA90.2%
Large carAudi A786.0%
Small SUVLexus UX89.0%
Mid-size SUVToyota RAV488.6%
Large SUVTesla Model X89.6%
UteToyota HiLux89.0%
VanToyota HiAce87.4%
People-moverToyota Granvia87.8%