2021 Isuzu D-Max awarded 5-star ANCAP safety rating (video)

ANCAP has handed out a five-star safety rating for the just-launched 2021 Isuzu D-Max, making it the first locally-tested vehicle under the latest testing protocols.

Isuzu only launched the new model earlier this month, but buyers can rest assured all variants (all 20 of them) are covered by the full safety rating. Helping the high score is the fact that all variants come with Isuzu’s latest IDAS safety suite (Intelligent Driver Assistance System).

The pack includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control (for auto models), lane management assistance systems, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot warning. Speaking about the results, ANCAP director of communications and advocacy, Rhianne Robson, said:

“It is reassuring to see manufacturers take responsibility and prioritise safety to provide their customers with the safest vehicles they can. We’ve tended to see vehicles in the ute segment introduce safety upgrades iteratively throughout mid-cycle upgrades, whereas the D-Max has been designed with some of the highest levels of safety from the outset.”

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Following crash testing, ANCAP handed out a score of 83 per cent for adult occupant safety, 89 per cent for child occupant safety, and 69 per cent for its pedestrian safety systems. The D-Max was also given a score of 81 per cent for its on-board safety assist technologies. Isuzu UTE Australia managing director, Hiroyasu Sato, said:

“Safety has always been of paramount importance to us at Isuzu Ute Australia, and with standardised levels of safety and driver assistance technologies previously unseen in a ute, I am very pleased with the all-New D-Max achieving the top safety rating against the newer, tougher testing criteria.”

As part of the new testing protocol, the 2021 D-Max had to endure higher-speed side impact tests, along with revised far-side occupant protection tests. Check out the video below to see how the D-Max performed during testing.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.