ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin said the vehicles stood out after Alfa Romeo’s Giulia mid-sized sedan recorded a score of 98 percent, while the brand’s medium SUV, the Stelvio, scored 97 percent.
“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” Mr Goodwin said.
“With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low speed autonomous emergency braking also forms part of this with both Alfa Romeo models performing well.”
The Citroen C3 did not perform as well, falling shy of the safety expectation due to its inability to actively detect and prevent pedestrian contact combined with head injury risk.
“We may not all be drivers, but we are all pedestrians, so it is important the design and specification of a vehicle considers the safety of those inside as well as outside the vehicle,” he said.
The Citroen C3 scored 59 percent for Pedestrian Protection, limiting its overall ANCAP Safety Rating to 4 stars.
RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding urged motorists shopping for a new car to consider safety ratings.
“As the range of ANCAP five-star performers continues to expand, motorists no longer need to compromise on safety when choosing a new car,” Mr Spalding said.
“Buying a car with a five-star ANCAP rating ensures drivers are giving themselves and other occupants the best chance of survival should they be involved in a serious crash.”