The Citroen DS5 liftback and Kia Cerato sedan each scored a maximim five stars in the latest round of ANCAP crash tests.
The finding also applies to the Cerato hatchback, which goes on sale in New Zealand later this month.
The DS5 scored an overall 35.66 points and the Cerato 35.51 out of the maximum 37. A minimum of 32.5 points is needed for a five-star safety rating.
Honda’s all-new Accord sedan scored only 29.21 points for a four-star result in the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme. It joins the MG6 sedan (27.73) in failing to achieve the maximum safety rating.
Despite a long list of optional active safety equipment, Accord was penalised for an average performance in the frontal offset test.
It scored 2.84 out of 4 for chest protection and 0.38 out of 4 for lower leg protection. The Cerato scored 3.44 for chest protection and 3.07 for lower leg protection; the DS5 scored 3.23 and 3.42.
Honda Australia said in a statement that it was surprised and disappointed with the ANCAP result for Accord.
“The Accord has an impeccable 37-year history and this ninth-generation is no exception,”?it said.
Both the Cerato and DS5 scored perfect marks in side impact testing and the optional side-impact pole test. Pedestrian protection for the Cerato was “acceptable”; for the DS5 “marginal.”
Other cars on New Zealand roads with a recent five-star rating are Peugeot 208, Nissan Pulsar, Holden Trax, Holden VF Commodore, Mitsubishi Pajero.