The new Isuzu MU-X seven-seat off-roader has earned top marks in crash testing from ANCAP.
Part of the MU-X rating is carried over from the D-Max ute, but the family four-wheel drive was subjected to its own frontal offset test.
Its five-star rating is based on an adult occupant protection score of 87 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 85 per cent, a safety assist score of 84 per cent, and a vulnerable road user protection score of 69 per cent.
Rivals also have five-star ratings, but they’re based on older testing criteria – the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Ford Everest were tested in 2015, the Toyota Fortuner was crashed alongside the HiLux in 2019.
The related D-Max ute’s rating was based on an adult occupant protection score of 83 per cent, a child occupant protection score of 89 per cent and a safety assist score of 81 per cent. Vulnerable road user protection testing yielded a score of 69 per cent.
The whole MU-X range will come with a full gamut of active safety features atop eight airbags, including:
- Autonomous emergency braking with turn assist (stops you turning into an oncoming car)
- Post-collision braking, which stops the car after a rear-end accident
- Forward collision warning
- Wrong-pedal braking, which stops if it thinks you’ve hit the accelerator instead of the brake
- Adaptive cruise with stop/go
- Traffic sign recognition
- Lane-departure warning
- Lane-keep assist
- Driver attention monitoring
- Rear cross-traffic alert
- Trailer sway control
- Reversing camera and rear parking sensors
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