ASEAN NCAP 2017-2020 Protocol – a closer look

ASEAN NCAP 2017-2020 Protocol – a closer look

The new 2017 Honda CR-V is the first car tested under ASEAN NCAP’s new 2017-2020 protocol – and as you could probably tell, the results for Honda’s latest SUV look rather different from those before. Handily, the agency has detailed its new testing regime for us to better understand its intricacies.

Big news this year is that there will now be a single rating for the whole of South East Asia, rather than separate ratings for variants with differing safety equipment. In most cases, the vehicle tested will be in the lowest specification sold in the region (although the CR-V tested was a Thai-spec mid-range 2.4 EL), and the scores it gets will apply to every other variant in ASEAN.

The previously separate Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP) scores have also been rolled into a single rating, which also includes a score for Safety Assist Technologies (SAT). The AOP score accounts for 50% of the total result, while COP and SAT scores make up another 25% each.

Let’s break the AOP score down first. As before, vehicles are subjected to a 40% frontal offset crash test at 64 km/h, receiving an points score for their performance (maximum of 16 points).

New for 2017 is a more comprehensive side impact test, in which a trolley is directed into the side of a vehicle at 50 km/h, with scores again given out of a maximum of 16 points. This differs from the previous test used only to confirm if a vehicle passes UN R95 regulations for side impact protection.

Vehicles are also evaluated on the protection afforded by head protection technologies (HPT) such as side and curtain airbags, with their coverage subjected to a geometric assessment. A total of four points can be awarded here, which means that the maximum possible AOP score is 36 points.

Next, we come to COP, which previously was only measured through a percentage of compliance. Now, vehicles are given the same points scores for frontal and side impact protection for children as adults. There is also a score awarded for ease of child seat installation (maximum of 12 points), using a range of child seats specified by ASEAN NCAP.

Vehicles also get a vehicle-based assessment score (maximum of 13 points) for child seat-friendly features, such as three-point seat belts on all seats, ISOFIX anchors and front passenger airbag deactivation. As such, the maximum amount of points available for COP is 49.

ASEAN NCAP 2017-2020 Protocol – a closer look

Last but not least is the SAT score (maximum of 18 points), which is broken down into four categories. Effective Braking and Avoidance (EBA), which includes ABS and electronic stability control, holds a maximum of eight points, while Seat Belt Reminders (SBR) for the driver, front passenger and rear seats carry a maximum score of six points.

Also assessed are Blind Spot Technologies (BST) – which ASEAN NCAP believes would help reduce accidents involving motorcyclists – and Advanced SATs, each according a maximum of two points. Advanced SATs include autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for urban and inter-urban conditions as well as pedestrians, forward collision warning (FCW), lane departure warning (LDW) and lane keep assist (LKA).

Lastly, the HPT score as well as the scores for SATs are subjected to the fitment rating system, which assesses the countries each safety equipment is available in, and whether it is offered as standard or as an option. There’s a complicated formula for calculating the fitment rating score (FRS) for each item, which is available on the ASEAN NCAP website.

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • Never mind the new protocol. Proton can always come back with improved car if the first one failed.

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    • ex-VGM staff on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      One thing still missing – pedestrian protection. It seems human lives has less value in south east Asia compare to European’s NCAP. Shame on you.

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    • But not as awesome as Datsun 0 NCAP star car. Retest couple months later, shoot up to 4 stars. Some say re-testing took into account jepunis badge, jepunis smell, and jepunis RV.

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    • nemesis on Aug 19, 2017 at 7:36 am

      what so special about the asian ncap that honda crv soo proud of? other manufacturers like kia gets euro ncap rating 5 stars regardless of trim level never brag about it. take a look at sorento or sportage… the sorento even scores higher points than volvo xc90 and audi q7 in australia ncap test.. did naza cares to put that as part of its advertising campaign?

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      • The kias that naza sold dun have the full features that got kia the 5stars.

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      • Do you realize how many manufacturers got away from equipping safety featurea in cars in this region before Asean NCAP came and slowly made them more accountable?

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  • MrKacak on Aug 18, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Honda CRV Take my money now ! Better bet than boyue.

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  • Dylan Ch'ng on Aug 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Perodua “our next myvi will comply with the law and get 5-star rating
    ASEAN NCAP “new protocol”
    Perodua “Ahhhhh…… what to do, we need to include all these “advance” features

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  • Abang Alza Pakai Topi on Aug 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Upgrading to Honda CRV 1.5L Turbo Premium 2WD.

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  • Albert Yong on Aug 18, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    ANCAP got no standard. Every car also now get 5 star. A bit suspicious.

    I bet all the cars who got 5 stars here try the Mat Salleh NCAP, sure fail big time.

    Pity companies like Proton, syiok sendiri with their 5 star rating.

    Hello, if you guys really got 5 star rating, why your cars fail overseas? Cannot even enter also, don’t talk about selling.

    Another suspect is Boyue, not sold in US, Europe, Japan or Australia/NZ cause fail.

    Only sold in China. Potential buyers must ask WHY?

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    • ex-VGM staff on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      Reason why proton cannot sell in Europe is because the engine not compliance to euro6 emission control (or when Preve turbo was launched – euro 5). Engineers were busy to make the car look beautiful, go faster, save fuel and more safety but totally not knowing about that. Proton cars may probably get less than 5 stars rating there since it is lacking AEB and also pedestrian collision test

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    • Really? Aussie ANCAP shiok sendri? Do how many ANCAP stars did ur Sportipu Keli Vios get?

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  • Iskandar on Aug 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Boyue, biar 2tahun lambat asalkan selamat

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  • kzm (Member) on Aug 18, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    The new rating is quite hard to get 5 star. That a plus. Now manufacture need to up their game if they wanted higher star safety rating.

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    • Dug Ong on Aug 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      What the hell with the dislikes? He’s absolutely right.
      3rd class mentality Malaysians?

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  • kzm (Member) on Aug 18, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    next gen p2 myvi come with VSA as standard maybe. if not even 4 star hard to get. Same goes to p1.

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    • P1 no problemo. P2 still waiting more tech hand-me-downs from jepunis overlord.

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  • Super10001 on Aug 18, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Can u make different between asian ncap vs erope ncap

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    • ex-VGM staff on Aug 18, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      The differences is in head on collision speed. The percentage of offset. Then there is side pole crash test and last, pedestrian protection.

      Some say american NHTSA is more strict but that applies because of the slightly higher speed of the crash test. 78kmh instead of 64, something like that

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    • Diff is ASEANNCAP repots to EUNCAP.

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  • Hmm.. Much Hmm.. on Aug 18, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Good and Risky.

    Good in the sense that it’s harder to get good ratings so car dealerships need to offer more and prices will increase which is bad so it’s still bad.

    Bad in the sense that, dealers looks at sales data, and consumers looks at price point. ASEAN have a relatively poor populous so dealers sees sales of 0-stars cars very good (because it’s cheap and most likely the things that poorer ASEAN countries consumers can afford), more dealers ignore NCAP and we get stuck with ncRap cars.

    I guess it’s a good initiative at the wrong place during the wrong time. It’s better to split the countries until everyone is on the same playing field instead of pulling slightly developed (MY, Thai, Indon) or very developed (SG) countries down to Laos, Myanmar levels.

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