The 'star performer' car that received a near-perfect score in safety testing

If you want to be the safest you possibly can on the road but also want to look after the environment, the Tesla Model X could be the car for you.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), in its latest wave of safety ratings, revealed the electric SUV as a "star performer" in terms of safety.

It was rated five stars out of five and scored 98 percent for adult occupant protection.

"A top performer must demonstrate high scores across all four key areas of assessment," ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin said.

The Model X.
The Model X. Photo credit: Getty

Those four key areas are adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, vulnerable road user protection, and safety assist.

Other cars rated five stars this month include two Audi models - the A7 and Q8 - and the MG HS.

"While we've come to expect the likes of Tesla and Audi will bring out vehicles with high levels of safety, it's great to also see the MG HS, which starts and $31,000, achieve five stars," said Automobile Association motoring services general manager Stella Stocks.

Last month, ANCAP revealed both Toyota Corolla's new sedan variant and the Mercedes-Benz EQC as five-star vehicles.