The Proton Ertiga, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Hyundai Elantra are the latest vehicles to be tested by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP), with all models scoring a four-safety safety rating or higher.

Proton’s new MPV, which managed to score 12.39 from a possible 16 points in the adult occupant protection (AOP) test, was awarded a four-star safety rating for its efforts (the same as the Suzuki-branded model). The Suzuki-derived six-seater comes equipped with dual front airbags and ABS (with EBD) as standard on all three variants, but is devoid of any stability systems and a front passenger seat belt reminder.

In terms of child occupant protection (COP), the Ertiga obtained a 33% compliance (two-star rating), scoring just 16.37 from a possible 49 points. The model comes with Isofix child seat mounts (with top tether) on the second-row seats as standard on all variants.

Moving on, the Elantra tested by the safety assessment programme is the sixth-generation model (contrary to the photo shown in the report), which is slated to arrive in Malaysia next year. The model tested here comes equipped with a minimum of six airbags (or two certain variants), ABS, electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle stability management (VSM).

Therefore, the model is the recipient of a five-star safety rating, scoring 14.73 from a possible 16 points in AOP, while COP was rated at 77% compliance. On Elantra variants not equipped with ESC and a front passenger seat belt reminder, the C-segment car is given a four-star rating instead.

Finally, the third-generation Pajero Sport did exceptionally well in AOP, scoring 15.29 out of a possible 16 points (five-star rating), while COP registered a 76% compliance (four-star rating). The Triton-based SUV has already been launched in Thailand and Indonesia, but has yet to make its debut here.

Like the Elantra, lower-end variants of the Pajero Sport not fitted with ESC will get a four-star rating instead. In any case, the new model represents a significant improvement over its predecessor, which only managed to nab a four-star rating (12.08 points) in AOP and a 40% compliance in COP.