The MG GS has become the first Chinese-built car to score a five-star safety rating from the Australian ANCAP organisation.

The medium-sized SUV scored a total of 34.47 out of a possible 37 in crash tests after a specification upgrade and strong performance in the important pole test.

Models built prior August 2017 however continue to be rated at only four stars.

“We initially assessed this model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum for a five-star car,” ANCAP’s James Goodwin said.

“MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new vehicle fleet,” he said.

Priced from $23,990 the MG GS is produced by SAIC Motor and distributed locally by MG Motor Australia.

Other manufacturers to receive five star ratings this month include the new Kia Rio and upmarket versions of the Suzuki Swift,.

The Swift GL Navigator, GL Navigator with Safety Pack and GLX Turbo all qualify for five stars, but the base model Swift GL falls short with four stars.

“The Swift is an affordable car and we would encourage consumers to opt for one of the higher specified models to ensure they’re getting the best safety package,” Mr Goodwin said.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.