Being family-oriented vehicles, crossovers and MPVs are expected to be one of the safest kinds of cars on the road today. Mitsubishi’s latest sensation, the Xpander 7 seat MPV has scored 4 stars in ASEAN NCAP crash tests.
Why it didn’t get the full five star rating, because ASEAN NCAP docked points from the Xpander for not having side airbags, blind spot monitoring or lane departure warning. Following the Global New Car Assessment initiative which ASEAN NCAP follows, they rate cars higher if it comes with more driver aids and assists that help prevent the accident from happening in the first place. ASEAN NCAP also reckons that the Xpander could have rated even higher if it was available with side airbags.
The Xpander scored 14.22 out of 16 for front impact adult protection, 13.92 out of 16 for side impact adult protection and a perfect 8 out of 8 for side impact child protection. Front impact child protection meanwhile was rated 8 out of 10. ASEAN NCAP also praised the Xpander for having an easy child seat mounting system in place.
Overall, the Xpander is rated five stars for adult occupant protection, four for child occupant protection and four stars in safety assists. The weighted average resulted in four stars for overall safety.