A ute’s latest crash test results have the AA warning you’d be better off buying second-hand.
The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gave the Great Wall Motors V200 4x4 single cab ute a 3-star rating.
AA general manager of motoring services Stella Stocks said the ute’s price made it attractive to some buyers but people should steer clear if they valued their safety.
Ms Stocks said it was rare for a car to get such a low safety rating with most new cars scoring 5 stars.
“Nearly all manufacturers are putting safety at the top of their list when developing new cars. It’s very unfortunate to see some that aren’t,” she said.
In the frontal offset crash test, the V200’s driver chest and upper-leg protection was marginal and lower-leg protection poor. Chest protection for the passenger was also marginal.
The test showed parts of the steering column could cause knee injuries to the driver and dash components could injure the passenger.
Ms Stocks advised people to buy the safest car they could afford and said a buyer would be better buying a second-hand ute with a 5-star ANCAP safety rating than the Great Wall V200 4x4 single cab ute.
“A safer option is to buy a second-hand ute with more safety features like ESC (electronic stability control) along with front and side curtain airbags,” Ms Stocks said.
Daniel Cotterill from Ateco, the importer of Great Wall vehicles, said people had a range of issues to consider when buying a vehicle.
“Some people buy on price, others utility and others safety. Our Great Wall conforms to current regulations and we see it as a cost-effective vehicle,” Mr Cotterill said.
He said the ute’s safety rating had been modestly improved from a 2-star rating to a 3-star but to make further improvements would require a completely new design, which was under way.