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    Australian market newcomers MG 5 and Mahindra Scorpio in ANCAP crash tests: complete failure

    The Chinese MG 5 sedan and the Indian Mahindra Scorpio SUV were not ready for the modern Australian safety testing program for new cars, which is identical to the program Euro NCAP. Based on the test results, both models did not deserve stars.

    This year, NCAP organizations around the world crashed few cars, the Euro NCAP sessions, which included Chinese models, did not bring any sensations, all final ratings were excellent (5 stars) or good (4 stars), but the Australian committee At the end of the year, ANCAP surprised with shocking crash test results of the MG 5 and Mahindra Scorpio. Both models entered the Australian market last summer, with the current second-generation MG 5 produced in China since 2020, and the second-generation Mahindra Scorpio debuted in India only last year, and in its homeland it is known as the Scorpio-N, since The first generation SUV is still in service, it is now called Scorpio Classic.

    It is curious that both MG (the British brand, we recall, belongs to the Chinese automaker SAIC) and Mahindra refused to voluntarily provide the ANCAP organization with cars for testing, and therefore she had to purchase them with her own money, and several copies at a time, because the test program is extensive.

    Offered in Australia, the MG 5 has six airbags as standard, but no seat belts pretensioners. Also standard equipment is AEB (automatic emergency braking), but it only recognizes vehicles, and therefore the Chinese sedan failed most tests for active safety and received a low, unsatisfactory rating for them – 13% out of 100 possible.

    The MG 5 has a problem with passive safety: during a frontal impact, simulating driving into the oncoming lane, the sensors of the driver dummy recorded a deadly red level of stress on the chest and right shin. In the event of a frontal impact against a wall, the passenger in the rear seat is in mortal danger – red level of stress on the chest and hip joint. Child protection is frankly weak: a high brown level of stress was recorded on the heads and necks of mannequins simulating passengers of 6 and 10 years of age. Front seat head restraints do not protect necks from whiplash injuries – level red. Pedestrian protection is poor: if they come into contact with the front end of the MG 5, they are likely to be seriously injured. The Chinese sedan coped well only with side impacts, but this is not enough for a good final rating, so it received 0 stars (link to protocol).

    Mahindra Scorpio-N performed successfully in Global NCAP crash tests last year and earned 5 stars, but the Global NCAP testing program is outdated and shortened compared to the ANCAP program. In the Australian market, the body-on-frame Indian SUV has six airbags as standard, but AEB is not even offered as an option, and therefore the Scorpio-N received 0% for active safety.

    The passive safety of the Mahindra Scorpio-N is better than that of the MG 5: with a crash test simulating driving into the oncoming lane, an SUV coped well, the dummies did not record dangerous loads, but during a frontal impact against the wall, the chest of the driver dummy recorded a high brown load level, the chest and head of the passenger in the back seat recorded a deadly red load level. The front seat headrests in the Scorpio-N are just as bad as those in the MG 5 – disappointing. The front of an SUV injures pedestrians. Overall test rating: 0 stars (link to protocol).

    MG, in response to requests from Australian media to comment on the ANCAP test results, said that next year the MG 5 in Australia will receive an upgrade package security, which should improve the model's rating. The Mahindra representative office ended with more general phrases – they say, we will improve our products to the best of our ability.

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