The SAIC‘s MG 5 sedan was tested by the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). As a result, it earned no stars at all, indicating a previous generation’s safety. According to ANCAP, MG has misjudged the safety expectations of today’s consumers.
The MG 5 is a compact sedan that sells in several countries under the MG GT name. Its dimensions are 4675/1842/1473 mm with a wheelbase of 2680 mm. Its entry-level modification has a 1.5-liter naturally aspirated ICE with a peak power of 127 hp. It also has a turbocharged engine with the same capacity and a power of 178 horsepower. The MG 5 was introduced in the Australian car market in August 2023. Now, its safety was evaluated by the Australian New Car Assessment Program, revealing an awful result.
ANCAP was founded in 1992 as an independent safety rating in Australia and New Zealand. It stays close to the Euro NCAP program regarding crash tests and the assessment process. It comprises Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection, Vulnerable Road Users, and Safety Assist.
MG 5 crash test results
The overall result of the MG 5 is zero stars. It scored 37% in the Adult Occupant Protection segment. The passenger compartment remained stable during the frontal offset test. But the driver’s chest deflection was rated Poor. Structures in the dashboard become the potential source of injuries. As a result, MG 5 scored 0/8 points in both frontal-offset and full-width collisions. In side-impact and oblique pole tests, it earned 6/6 and 5.59/6 points. Whiplash protection scored 1/4 points. Far side impact got 0/4.
In the Child Occupant Protection category, the MG 5 scored 58%. The main drawback of this model is the high loading on the head and neck of the child dummies. ANCAP experts mentioned a lack of design effort to prevent rear-seat occupant injury in frontal and side-impact scenarios. The MG 5 scored 3.81/16 points on the frontal dynamic test and 6.38/8 points on the side dynamic test.
The MG 5 scored 42% in the Vulnerable Road Users Protection segment. ANCAP estimated head protection at 9.95/18 points. Knee and pelvis protection got 5.6/9 and 4.5/4.5 points, respectively. However, the MG 5’s autonomous emergency braking performance was extremely limited. It can’t recognize and react to pedestrians. Poor performance of the AEB system became a reason for the low score in the Safety Assist category, with only 13%.
In the press release, ANCAP experts underlined that the safety offerings of the MG 5 are some generations behind almost every new car on sale today. They hope to see significant improvements made to this model in the future. We will highlight that previously the MG 4 EV scored five stars in the ANCAP program.