- Petrol-powered Mifa awarded five-star ANCAP rating under 2022 criteria
- Identical scores with Mifa 9 EV twin
- Child seats should only be installed in second row or left side of the third row
The 2023 LDV Mifa people-mover has been awarded the full five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) under the 2022 testing criteria.
The rating applies to all petrol-powered variants, but is identical to the full battery-electric Mifa 9 twin already tested.
The safety body praised the upmarket Chinese-made family van for scoring maximum points for protecting the driver and small female rear passenger in the full-width frontal test, front seat passenger in the frontal offset test, and the driver in the side impact test.
However, it warns child seats should not be fitted to the centre or right-hand-side third row seats due to a lack of top-tether anchorage points. All second-row seats feature top tethers.
It also had a marginal score for protecting the driver’s chest in the oblique pole test.
The petrol LDV Mifa has obtained the same ANCAP safety rating as its electric Mifa 9 counterpart, including 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 73 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 90 per cent for safety assist.
The Kia Carnival rival starts from $53,990 before on-road costs with front and rear auto emergency braking; blind-spot monitoring; rear cross-traffic alert; lane departure warning; lane-keep assist; adaptive cruise control; safe exit warning; and a reversing camera and sensors as standard.
Meanwhile, the mid-spec Mifa Executive adds front parking sensors and a 360-degree surround view camera system for $10,000 more.
A stricter 2023 ANCAP testing criteria will come into effect soon, which will evaluate floodwater testing, child in-car detection systems, car-to-motorcycle safety assist systems and more.