Say what you want about Chinese automakers, but they have made strides over the years. In terms of design, features, and engineering, you could say they're on par with what Japan, Germany, and America offers. However, some consumers are curious about how safe these China-built cars are in a crash. The ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP) wants to know that too, so they recently crash-tested one of them.
The latest car the ASEAN NCAP flung straight into barriers and posts is the Geely Coolray. With the Coolray being one of the country's best-selling crossovers, you're probably curious how it fared. Well, it's good news for the owners nationwide. Geely's smallest crossover got five stars for safety in the recent crash tests.
Yes, it says Proton X50, but it's essentially a rebadged version of the Coolray in parts of the region. With that out of the way, let's talk about the Coolray's score.
In adult occupant protection, the Coolray managed 13.42 points out of 16 in the front impact test and a perfect 16 out of 16 in the side impact test. ASEAN NCAP notes that there is a low to medium risk of injury to adults seated at the front. But it's the child occupant protection score that's impressive in the Coolray. In that aspect, the Geely got perfect scores for both front and side-impact protection for children, making it one of the safest family crossovers you can buy.
Further boosting its score is the active safety equipment fitted standard to most models. Stability control and the 360-degree view cameras drew praises from ASEAN NCAP, as well as the blind-spot monitoring system. With its crash performance and standard active safety equipment, the Coolray's total score was enough to give it the full five stars from the safety organization.
What about the Azkarra? Well, the ASEAN NCAP has yet to test it, but given the bar set by the Coolray, we're expecting another five-star performance from Geely's other crossover.