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FORD Mustang 2017

The 2017 Ford Mustang prior to crash testing

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The Ford Mustang (FM) was first introduced in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and awarded a 2 star ANCAP safety rating - see separate rating.  This 3 star ANCAP safety rating applies to right-hand-drive Ford Mustang (FN) models, supplied to Australian & New Zealand markets, built from December 2017 when production upgrades and changes to its safety specification were introduced. This rating applies to 5.0 litre V8 & 2.3 litre EcoBoost Fastback variants.


Test Results Summary
Crash TestScore
Adult Occupant Protection 27.66 out of 38
    Full Width Frontal Test 4.67 out of 8
    Frontal Offset Test 6.91 out of 8
    Side Impact Test 8.00 out of 8
    Oblique Pole Test 6.88 out of 8
    Whiplash Protection Test 1.21 out of 3
    AEB - City 0.00 out of 3
Child Occupant Protection 15.79 out of 49
Safety Assist 7.41 out of 12
    Speed Assistance Systems 0.00 out of 3
    Seat Belt Reminders 2.00 out of 3
    Lane Support Systems 2.70 out of 3
    AEB - Interurban 2.71 out of 3
Pedestrian Protection 32.80 out of 42

Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags are standard, as are knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. All three grades of autonomous emergency braking (City, Interurban & Vulnerable Road User) are standard, as well as lane keep assist (LKA) with lane departure warning (LDW). Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to both front seats but not the rear.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

Frontal Offset Test Image
Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 6.91 pts (out of 8)
Head/Neck 3 pts
Chest 3.89 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Lower Legs 3.64 pts

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated ADEQUATE protection to the driver chest and lower legs of the driver and passenger.  Insufficient inflation of both the driver and front passenger airbags caused bottoming out of the dummy heads through the airbag and was penalised. Ford have shown improved performance from the airbags fitted to the updated Mustang to prevent bottoming out, however the frontal offset test was not repeated and the scores reflect the performance seen in the original test.

What is frontal offset test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Test Results

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 8 pts (out of 8)
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

In the side impact test, the Mustang scored full points with GOOD protection of all critical body areas.

What is side impact test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Full Width Frontal Test

Full Width Test Image
Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Driver* pts (out of )
Head 4 pts
Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.19 pts
Upper Legs 4 pts
Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Rear Passenger* pts (out of )
Head 0.48 pts
Neck 3 pts
Chest 0 pts
Upper Legs 0 pts

In the full width frontal test, protection of key body regions for the driver was GOOD with the exception of the chest which was ADEQUATE. The rear passenger was not well protected with POOR / WEAK protection for the head, chest and pelvis.

What is full width frontal test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Pole Test

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Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Pole* pts (out of )
Head 4 pts
Chest 2.75 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

In the more severe side pole test, protection of the driver chest was ADEQUATE and that of other body regions was GOOD. (Deductions -1.00 door opening)

What is pole test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Whiplash Protection Test

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Child Protection Test

In the frontal offset test, protection of the 10 year dummy was rated GOOD for the head and ADEQUATE for the neck and chest. The shoulder belt slipped between the clavicle and the upper arm and as a result the score for the dummy in this test was penalised.  Protection of the 6 year dummy was rated GOOD and ADEQUATE for the head and neck respectively, but chest protection was MARGINAL.  In the side barrier test, POOR protection was provided to the head of the 10 year dummy. The head bottomed out through the side curtain airbag, making contact with the trim on the C-pillar. Consequently, all points were lost for the 10 year dummy in this test. All other dummy readings indicated GOOD protection for both dummies.

Pedestrian Summary

The Ford Mustang has an ‘active’ bonnet. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and actuators lift the bonnet, creating more space to the hard structures in the engine bay. Tests were conducted with the bonnet in the raised position. Test results were GOOD over almost the entire bonnet surface. Protection of the pelvic region was POOR in all areas tested while the bumper provided GOOD protection to pedestrians’ legs and scored maximum points in testing.  The autonomous emergency braking system can detect pedestrians as well as other vehicles. The system performance was GOOD, with collisions avoided or mitigated in all test cases.


Pedestrian Rating Explained

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Pedestrian Rating - please view table for scores

Green Vehicle Guide

Combined Fuel Consumption CO2 Greenhouse Rating Air Pollution Rating Overall Rating
8.5 L/100km 196 g/km

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