The ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) has uploaded videos of the frontal impact crash tests of the third and final phase of the pilot stage on its YouTube channel.

11 models were tested this time – the Chevrolet Colorado and Sonic, the Honda CR-V, the Isuzu D-Max, two variants of the Kia Picanto (with and without airbags), the Peugeot 208, the Proton Preve, the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8 and 2.0 (the latter with the Additional Safety Package) and the Volkswagen Polo Sedan.

Out of these, the CR-V, Preve, Corolla Altis 2.0 and the Colorado managed to attain a five-star adult occupant protection rating for frontal impact, with the CR-V garnering the highest score in the group (CR-V and Colorado variants without stability control are downgraded to a four-star rating). At the other end of the scale, the no-airbag Picanto scored no stars, the lowest in the programme’s history.

The cars were subjected to a 64 km/h offset frontal collision test with a 40% overlap, with all but one (the no-airbag Kia Picanto) also taking part in a 50 km/h side impact test in order to gain UN R95 approval. To attain five stars, a car must be fitted with at least two airbags, electronic stability control and a seat belt reminder, while passing the side impact test is now mandatory for a four-star rating and above.

Tests were mostly conducted at the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) PC3 lab in Melaka, while the Corolla Altis 2.0 and the Isuzu D-Max were tested at the Japan Automotive Research Institute (JARI) and the Colorado at the Korea Automotive Testing and Research Institute (KATRI).