What are the UCSR star ratings?
The UCSR and ANCAP research serve as a guide to the crash protection offered by different cars. They tell you how well your car will protect you in a crash and let you compare research and review car safety ratings for your next new or used car purchase.
ANCAP vs UCSR
ANCAP crash tests new vehicles in a laboratory under specific conditions.
UCSR are based on the analysis of real world car crashes and more reliably reflect the car's actual safety performance.
- In some instances both a UCSR and ANCAP rating will be available for some car models.
- Occasionally the ratings from these two different assessments can differ for particular cars.
When in doubt…
Choose a car that has the most number of stars.
The ANCAP and UCSR systems are not comparable so whichever rating you use, the more stars the better!
To better explain the differences in rating systems, below are some pretty pictures which also detail the safety rating pathway that cars move through in their lifecycle:
*ANCAP also rates cars based on crash test data from EuroNCAP tested vehicles that are relevant to Australasia. EuroNCAP chooses the best selling cars in Europe to be tested.