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The new 2016 Toyota Hilux has been put to test by ASEAN NCAP, and it has passed with flying colours – the pick-up truck scored a five-star rating in the regional safety programme’s crash tests.

In the standard 64 km/h frontal offset crash test, Toyota’s workhorse scored 14.53 points out of a maximum of 16 in Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), putting it within the five-star range. It also collected four stars in Child Occupant Protection (COP), with a 71% compliance rating.

The new Hilux comes with a minimum of three airbags – including one for the driver’s knee – with up to seven airbags (two side, two curtain) available; Australia and Europe get the whole lot as standard. However, stability control, a prerequisite for a five-star rating, is an option in some regions, so those without the safety net get four stars instead.

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So far, four pickup trucks have been tested by ASEAN NCAP, and the Hilux slots ahead of the Chevrolet Colorado (five stars/15.19 points in AOP, three stars/63% in COP), Mitsubishi Triton (four stars/13.56 points in AOP, two stars/48% in COP) and Isuzu D-Max (four stars/11.87% in AOP, four stars/71% in COP).

However, the programme also included results of a Mitsubishi Triton with seven airbags and stability control (ours only has two airbags and no ESC) taken from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) – that scored five stars in AOP with 15.22 points, but also scored only two stars in COP with 48% compliance.