Car rear visibility

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01 .Car rear visibility

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On average, seven children are killed and 60 are seriously injured each year across Australia after being hit or run over by a motor vehicle at home, according to a recent study by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics.

In response to the problem behind these concerning statistics, NRMA Insurance has developed a Reversing Visibility Index that measures the "blind spot area" behind a car where the driver can't see a small child.

This measure takes into account the visible area and distance across the rear of a vehicle and whether a camera and sensors have been installed. Cars are rated on a scale of zero to five stars, with a rating of five indicating better reversing visibility.

While technologies such as reversing cameras and sensors have vastly improved safety in this area, it's important that you don't rely on these, but also check the rear-view mirror and look over your shoulder before reversing. Children should also be actively supervised when near a reversing vehicle. Refer to this Driveway Safety publication for further information to help minimise the risk of a driveway tragedy occurring at your place.

You can also use the NRMA Insurance ratings in this article to choose a car with better rear visibility, whether an SUV, people mover or commercial vehicle.

How were cars rated?

The test procedure involves:

  • a laser pointing device,
  • a test cylinder to represent the shoulder height of an average two-year-old child, and
  • a grid that extends 1.8 x 15m from the rear of the vehicle.

The laser is directed through the rear window of each vehicle. The position where the laser is visible on the test cylinder is noted. This process is repeated for all positions on the grid.

The results are then analysed and an overall rating given. The best ratings are awarded to the vehicles that have the most effective rear visibility.

Want more information?

For more information, go to the NRMA Insurance website. You can also take a look at our Car safety and advice section.

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Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer small vehicle. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Hyundai Accent 4d Sedan with OEM Camera RB 07/11 - 5
Toyota Prius-C 5d Hatchback With OEM Camera NHP10R 03/12 - 5
Hyundai I20 3d Hatchback With OEM Sensors PB 09/10 - 4
Nissan Micra 5d Hatchback With OEM Sensors K13 10/10 - 4
Hyundai I20 3d Hatchback PB 09/10 - 3.5
Mitsubishi I-Miev 4d Sedan - 08/11 - 3.5
Suzuki Alto 5d Hatchback GF 07/09 - 3.5
Volkswagen Up! 3d Hatchback AA 10/12 - 3.5
Fiat 500 3d Hatchback - 02/08 - 3
Mazda Mazda2 5d Hatchback DE 09/07 - 3
Peugeot 208 5d Hatchback A9 10/12 - 3
Audi A1 Sportback 5d Hatchback With OEM Sensors 8X 06/12 - 2.5
Skoda Fabia 4d Wagon With OEM Sensors 5JF 06/12 - 2.5
Volkswagen Polo 5d Hatchback 6R 05/10 - 2.5
Audi A1 3d Hatchback 8X 12/10 - 2
Citroen DS3 3d Hatchback With OEM Sensors - 09/10 - 2
Holden Barina 4d Sedan TM 11/11 - 2
Toyota Yaris 5d Hatchback NCP131R 11/11 - 2
Suzuki Swift 5d Hatchback FZ 02/11 - 1.5
Mitsubishi Mirage 5d hatchback LA 01/13 - 1.5
Holden Barina 5d Hatchback TM 11/11 - 1
Hyundai Accent 4d Sedan With OEM Sensors RB 07/11 - 1
Proton S16 FLX 4d Sedan With OEM Sensors BT 04/10 - 1
Alfa Romeo Mito 3d Hatchback - 09/09 - 0.5
Honda City 4d Sedan GM 02/09 - 0.5
Kia Rio 3d Hatchback UB 02/12 - 0.5
Kia Rio 5d Hatchback UB 09/11 - 0.5
Hyundai Accent 5d Hatchback RB 07/11 - 0
Skoda Fabia 5d Hatchback 5JF 10/11 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer small to medium vehicle. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Audi A3 Hatchback with OEM Camera 8V 05/13 - 5
Citroen DS4 4d Wagon with OEM Camera - 04/12 - 5
Hyundai I30 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera GD 05/12 - 5
Hyundai I30 5d Wagon with OEM Camera GD 05/12 - 5
Kia Cerato 4d Sedan with OEM Camera YD 08/13 - 5
Kia Cerato 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera YD 08/13 - 5
Lexus CT 200h. Hybrid 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera ZWA10R 02/11 - 5
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera W176 03/13 - 5
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera W246 01/13 - 5
Mitsubishi Lancer 4d Sedan with OEM camera CJ 10/08 - 5
Nissan Leaf 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera ZE0 06/12 - 5
Toyota Corolla 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera ZRE182R 10/12 - 5
Volvo V40 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera - 02/13 - 5
Honda Insight 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera - 12/10 - 4.5
Toyota Prius 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera ZVW30R 07/09 - 4.5
Honda Insight 5d Hatchback - 12/10 - 3
Honda Civic 5d Hatchback FK 06/12 - 2.5
Lexus CT 200h. Hybrid 5d Hatchback ZWA10R 02/11 - 2
Mazda Mazda3 4d Sedan BL 04/09 - 2
Chery J3 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors M1X 09/11 - 1.5
Peugeot 308 4d Wagon - 08/08 - 1.5
Peugeot 308 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors - 02/08 - 1.5
Suzuki SX4 5d Hatchback GY 09/07 - 1.5
Volvo V40 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors - 02/13 - 1.5
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors - 01/11 - 1
Citroen DS4 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors - 04/12 - 1
Ford Focus 5d Hatchback LW MKII 01/13 - 1
Mini Cooper S Paceman 3d Coupe with OEM Sensors R61 03/13 - 1
Volkswagen Beetle 3d Hatchback with OEM Sensors 1L 01/13 - 1
Volkswagen Golf with OEM Sensors 7 08/13 - 1
Audi A3 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors 8V 05/13 - 0.5
BMW 1-Series 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors F20 10/11 - 0.5
Citroen C4 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors B7 10/11 - 0.5
Honda Civic 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors SERIES 2 07/12 - 0.5
Hyundai Elantra 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors MD 06/11 - 0.5
Hyundai I30 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors GD 05/12 - 0.5
Hyundai I30 5d Wagon GD 05/12 - 0.5
Kia Cerato 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors YD 08/13 - 0.5
Kia Soul 5d Hatchback AM 11/11 - 0.5
Proton Preve 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors CR 01/13 - 0.5
Suzuki SX4 4d Sedan GY 09/07 - 0.5
Toyota Corolla 5d Hatchback ZRE182R 10/12 - 0.5
Holden Cruze 4d Sedan JH 03/11 - 0
Holden Cruze 5d Hatchback JH 11/11 - 0
Mazda Mazda3 5d Hatchback BL 04/09 - 0
Mitsubishi Lancer 5d Hatchback CJ 10/08 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a medium vehicle. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year /Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Audi A5 5d Hatchback with OEM Camera 8T 01/10 - 5
BMW 3-Series 5d Wagon with OEM Camera F31 08/12 - 5
Citroen DS5 4d Wagon with OEM Camera - 09/12 - 5
Holden Malibu 4d Sedan with OEM Camera V300 06/13 - 5
Hyundai I40 4d Wagon with OEM Camera VF 10/11 - 5
Kia Optima 4d Sedan With OEM Camera TF 01/11 - 5
Lexus IS 4d Sedan with OEM Camera GSE30R 07/13 - 5
Mazda 6 4d Sedan with OEM Camera GJ 12/12 - 5
Mazda 6 4d Wagon with OEM Camera GJ 12/12 - 5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4d Sedan with OEM Camera W204 07/07 - 5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors W204 07/07 - 5
Subaru Liberty 4d Sedan With OEM Camera - 09/09 - 5
Toyota Camry 4d Sedan with OEM Camera ASV50R 12/11 - 5
Volvo S60 4d Sedan with OEM Camera F 12/10 - 5
Volvo V60 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors F 03/11 - 5
Citroen DS5 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors - 09/12 - 2
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors W204 07/07 - 1.5
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors W204 07/07 - 1.5
Volvo V60 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors F 03/11 - 1.5
Ford Mondeo 4d Wagon MC 11/10 - 1
Hyundai I40 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors VF 10/11 - 1
Audi A5 5d Hatchback with OEM Sensors 8T 01/10 - 0.5
BMW 3-Series 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors F30 02/12 - 0.5
Citroen C5 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors X7 09/08 - 0.5
Hyundai I40 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors VF 06/12 - 0.5
Peugeot 508 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors - 07/11 - 0.5
Suzuki Kizashi 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors FR 05/10 - 0.5
Toyota Camry 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors ASV50R 12/11 - 0.5
Volvo S60 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors F 12/10 - 0.5
Honda Accord Euro 4d Sedan 10 06/08 - 0
Suzuki Kizashi 4d Sedan FR 05/10 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer large vehicle. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Audi A6 4d Sedan with OEM Camera 4G 07/11 - 5
Chrysler 300 4d Sedan with OEM Camera - 07/12 - 5
Ford Falcon 4d Sedan with OEM Camera FG MK2 11/11 - 5
Holden Commodore 4d Sedan with OEM Camera VF 05/13 - 5
Holden Commodore 4d Wagon with OEM Camera VF 05/13 - 5
Honda Accord 4d Sedan with OEM Camera 9th Gen 06/13 - 5
Jaguar XF 4d Sedan with OEM Camer X250 09/11 - 5
Jaguar XJ 4d Sedan with OEM Camera X351 07/10 - 5
Lexus GS with OEM Camera GRL11R 04/12 - 5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 4d Sedan with OEM Camera 212 09/09 - 5
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4d Coupe with OEM Camera 218 11/11 - 5
Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake 4d Wagon with OEM Camera X218 12/12 - 5
Toyota Aurion 4d Sedan with OEM Camera GSV50R 04/12 - 5
Volkswagen CC 4d Coupe with OEM Camera 3CC 08/12 - 5
Volkswagen Passat 4d Sedan with OEM Camera 3C 02/10 - 5
Volkswagen Passat 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors 3C 03/06 - 1
Ford Falcon 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors FG MK2 11/11 - 0.5
Jaguar XF with OEM Sensors X250 09/11- 0.5
Skoda Superb 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors 3T 05/10 - 0.5
Volkswagen Passat 4d Sedan with OEM Sensors 3C 02/10 - 0.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer SUV. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Audi Q3 4d Wagon with OEM Camera 8U 04/12 - 5
Audi Q5 4d Wagon with OEM Camera 8R 09/09 - 5
BMW X1 4d Wagon with OEM Camera E84 04/10 - 5
BMW X3 4d Wagon with OEM Camera F25 03/11 - 5
BMW X5 4d Wagon with OEM Camera E70 03/07 - 5
Ford Kuga 4d Wagon with OEM Camera TF 04/13 - 5
Ford Territory 4d Wagon with OEM Camera SZ 05/11 - 5
Holden Captiva 7 4d Wagon with OEM Camera CG SER2 02/11 - 5
Holden Colorado 7 4d Wagon with OEM Camera RG 12/12 - 5
Holden Trax 4d Wagon with OEM Camera TJ 08/13 - 5
Honda CRV 4d Wagon with OEM Camera RM 06/13 - 5
Hyundai Santa Fe 4d Wagon with OEM Camera DM 09/12 - 5
Infiniti FX 4d Wagon with OEM Camera S51 08/12 - 5
Jeep Grand Cherokee 4d Wagon with OEM Camera WK 02/11 - 5
Kia Sorento 4d Wagon with OEM Camera XM 10/09 - 5
Lexus LX570 4d Wagon with OEM Camera URJ201R 04/08 - 5
Lexus RX 4d Wagon with OEM Camera GYL15R 06/09 - 5
Mazda CX-5 4d Wagon with OEM Camera - 02/12 - 5
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 4d Wagon with OEM Camera X166 12/12 - 5
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 4d Wagon with OEM Camera 166 04/12 - 5
Mitsubishi ASX 4d Wagon with OEM Camera XB 07/10 - 5
Mitsubishi Challenger 4d Wagon with OEM Camera PC 07/13 - 5
Mitsubishi Outlander 4d Wagon with OEM Camera ZJ 08/13 - 5
Range Rover Evoque 3d Coupe with OEM Camera LV 10/11 - 5
Range Rover Autobiography 4d Wagon with OEM Camera L405 01/13 - 5
Subaru Tribeca 4d Wagon with OEM Camera - 12/07 - 5
Toyota FJ Cruiser 4d Wagon with OEM Camera GSJ15R 03/11 - 5
Toyota Kluger 4d Wagon with OEM Camera GSU40R 08/07 - 5
Toyota Landcruiser 4d Wagon with OEM Camera VDJ200R 11/07 - 5
Toyota Landcruiser Prado 2d Wagon with OEM Camera KDJ155R 11/09 - 5
Toyota RAV4 Wagon with OEM Camera ZSA42R 03/13 - 5
Volkswagen Tiguan 4d Wagon with OEM Camera 5NC 11/08 - 5
Volkswagen Touareg 4d Wagon with OEM Camera 7P 07/11 - 5
Audi Q7 4d Wagon With OEM Camera - 09/06 - 4.5
Hyundai IX35 4d Wagon with OEM Camera LM 02/10 - 4.5
Kia Sportage 4d Wagon with OEM Camera SL 07/10 - 4.5
Mazda CX-9 4d Wagon with OEM Camera TB 12/07 - 4.5
Nissan Patrol 4d Wagon with OEM Camera GU VIII 02/12 - 4.5
Volvo XC60 4d Wagon with OEM Camera DZ 03/09 - 4.5
Nissan X-Trail 4d Wagon T31 SERIES 5 10/07 - 2
Citroen C4 Aircross 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors 1CM 07/12 - 1.5
Ford Territory 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors SZ 05/11 - 1.5
Mini Cooper Countryman 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors R60 04/11 - 1.5
Subaru Forester 4d Wagon - 03/08 - 1.5
Suzuki Grand Vitara 4d Wagon JT 08/08 - 1.5
Audi Q3 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors 8U 04/12 - 1
BMW X1 4d Wagon E84 04/10 - 1
BMW X5 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors E70 03/07 - 1
Nissan Patrol 4d Wagon GU VIII 02/12 - 1
Toyota RAV4 Wagon with OEM Sensors ZSA42R 02/13 - 1
Volkswagen Tiguan 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors 5NC 11/08 - 1
Ford Kuga 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors TF 04/13 - 0.5
Holden Captiva 7 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors CG SER2 02/11 - 0.5
Kia Sportage 4d Wagon SL 07/10 - 0.5
Range Rover Evoque 3d Coupe with OEM Sensors LV 10/11 - 0.5
Skoda Yeti 4d Wagon 5L 10/11 - 0.5
Ssangyong Korando 4d Wagon with OEM Sensors C200 02/11 - 0.5
Chery J11 4d Wagon T1X 02/11 - 0
Jeep Compass 4d Wagon MK 03/07 - 0
Toyota Landcruiser 4d Wagon VDJ200R 11/07 - 0
Toyota Landcruiser Prado 4d Wagon GRJ150R 11/09 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer people mover. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Kia Rondo 4d Wagon with OEM Camera RP 06/13 - 5
Peugeot 5008 4d Wagon with OEM Camera - 05/13 - 5
Subaru Liberty Exiga 4d Wagon With OEM Camera - 10/10 - 5
Toyota Prius V 4d Wagon With OEM Camera ZVW40R 05/12 - 5
Citroen C4 Picasso 4d Wagon With OEM Sensors - 05/07 - 3
Peugeot 3008 5d Hatchback With OEM Sensors - 06/10 - 2
Kia Grand Carnival 4d Wagon VQ 01/06 - 1.5
Toyota Tarago 4d Wagon ACR50R 03/06 - 1.5
Volkswagen Multivan 4d Wagon T5 06/05 - 1.5
Volkswagen Caddy 5d Wagon 2K 07/07 - 1
Ssangyong Stavic 5d Wagon with OEM Sensors A100 06/13 - 0.5
Dodge Journey 4d Wagon JC 09/08 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a safer sports car. The higher the rating, the better the rear visibility.

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Hyundai Veloster 3d Coupe with OEM Camera FS 07/12 - 5
Lexus IS F 4d Sedan With OEM Camera USE20R 10/08 - 5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2d Cabriolet with OEM Camera 207 05/10 - 5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2d Coupe with OEM Camera 207 10/09 - 5
Volkswagen Golf 2d Cabriolet with OEM Camera 1C 11/11 - 5
Volkswagen Scirocco 3d Coupe with OEM Camera 1S 02/12 - 5
Peugeot RCZ 2d Coupe - 05/13 - 4.5
Mazda MX-5 2d Convertible NC 09/05 - 4
Peugeot RCZ 2d Coupe with OEM Sensors - 10/10 - 4
Honda CR-Z 2d Coupe with OEM Sensors - 11/11 - 3.5
Audi TT 2d Coupe 8J 11/06 - 3
Mini Cooper 2d Roadster R59 03/12 - 2
Nissan 370Z 2d Coupe Z34 05/09 - 2
Volkswagen Eos 2d Convertible with OEM Sensors 1F 03/07 - 0.5
Audi A5 2d Cabriolet 8T 08/09 - 0
Audi A5 2d Coupe 8T 05/09 - 0
Subaru BRZ 2d Coupe - 06/12 - 0
Toyota 86 2d Coupe ZN6 06/12 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

NRMA Insurance's Reversing Visibility Index*
Vehicle Series Year / Model Star Rating (Out Of 5)
Holden Commodore 2d Utility with OEM Camera VF 06/13 - 5
Mazda BT50 Dual Cab Utility with OEM Camera - 11/11 - 5
Mitsubishi Express Van SJ 03/06 - 3
Mahindra Pik-Up 2d Utility S5 06/07 - 2.5
Mahindra Pik-Up Double Cab Utility S5 06/07 - 2.5
Nissan Navara Dual Cab Utility D40 12/05 - 2.5
Toyota Hiace 4d Van KDH201R 11/06 - 2.5
Toyota Hilux X Cab P/Up GGN15R 03/05- 2.5
Great Wall Motors V240 C/Chas K2 07/09 - 2
Hyundai iLoad Van TQ 02/08 - 2
Volkswagen Amarok Dual Cab Utility 2H 02/11 - 2
Great Wall Motors V240 Dual Cab Utility K2 07/09 - 1.5
Holden Colorado Crew Cab P/Up RG 06/12 - 1.5
Suzuki APV 4d Van GD 06/05 - 1.5
Fiat Skudo Van - 04/08 - 1
Mercedes-Benz Vito Van - 02/10 - 1
Volkswagen Caddy Van 2K 08/06 - 1
Mazda BT50 Dual Cab Utility with OEM Sensors - 11/11 - 0.5
Mitsubishi Triton Double Cab Utility MN 09/09 - 0.5
Toyota Hilux Dual Cab P/Up with OEM Sensors KUN26R 03/05 - 0.5
Ford Ranger Super Cab Utility PX 09/11 - 0
Ssangyong Actyon Sports Dual Cab Utility Q150 04/12 - 0

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

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