Toyota Corolla sedan revealed as NZ's safest new car

If you want the safest car in New Zealand money can buy, get yourself a new Toyota Corolla sedan.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has released its latest wave of safety ratings revealing two of the safest cars as Toyota Corolla's new sedan variant and the Mercedes-Benz EQC. The EQC is Mercedes' first battery-electric vehicle and will be available in New Zealand in January.

Both cars were rated five stars out of five.

"The Mercedes-Benz EQC offers an impressive suite of safety features as standard, which is great for those in the market for a luxury SUV," said Automobile Association services general manager Stella Stocks.

"It's also fantastic to see that the Corolla sedan is at the same high end of safety as the ever-popular hatch counterpart." 

Other cars rated five stars included two Audi models; the A1 and Q3, and the BMW 3 Series.

The vehicles are rated on levels of occupant safety, adult and child occupant protection as well as its other safety features.

Other five star cars tested this year:

Ford Focus; Toyota Hilux; Toyota Hiace; Toyota RAV4; Mazda 3.

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