Revised Ford Mustang upgraded from two star to three star ANCAP safety rating, but still not good enough
The previous Ford Mustang drew much controversy for its two star ANCAP safety rating. Ford has thoroughly revised the Mustang range for 2019, though, and those changes include the addition of Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Support Assist, which includes Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist.
These safety features raised the Safety Assist score to 61 per cent – up from the old model’s 16 per cent – and the Pedestrian Protection score has risen from 64 per cent to 78 per cent.
However, it only gets a three star ANCAP rating because it’s structurally identical to the outgoing model.
“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.
“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”
“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Mr Goodwin said.
We wonder if the Mustang will continue its reign as Australia’s favourite sports car.