Car security ratings


NRMA Insurance scores reveal the hardest cars to steal.

Is your vehicle a target for thieves?


Of all the things to look for when you're in the market for a new car, have you considered this: is your car easy to steal? If you haven't, you should – since a car is stolen in Australia almost every 10 minutes.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) estimates that the cost of vehicle theft in Australia is more than $610 million per year, and it's consumers who pay the price through higher insurance premiums and added demands on our justice system.

Waiting for police or insurance companies for resolution after your car has been broken into or stolen can cause major disruption to your work and personal life, not to mention the uneasy feeling that a stranger has invaded your privacy.

Engineers from the NRMA Insurance Research Centre have teamed up to assess over 190 current-model cars across eight vehicle categories and scored them for security.

How are cars rated?

Each car is given a score out of 100 based on three main criteria:

  • Entry systems – doors, ignition locks, alarms, rear seat/boot access and glazing.
  • Engine immobilisers – higher technology immobilisers get higher scores.
  • Vehicle identification – body stamping, security labeling and microdotting.

Here are NRMA Insurance's ratings for:

For more information, go to the NRMA Insurance website. You can also take a look at our article on car safety features.

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Small cars

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Audi A1 Sportback 5 Door 2 50 24 76
Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan and 5 Door 0 50 24 74
Mini Cooper 3 Door 5 50 15 70
BMW i3 Hybrid 4 50 15 69
Skoda Fabia Wagon 6 50 10 66
Volkswagen Polo 5 Door 2 50 10 62
Renault Clio 5 Door 2 50 10 62
Skoda Fabia 5 Door 1 50 10 61
Hyundai i20 3 Door 6 37.5 15 58.5
Citroen DS3 2 32.5 24 58.5
Mazda Mazda2 5 Door 0 50 6 56
Hyundai Accent Sedan and 5 Door 3 37.5 15 55.5
Toyota Yaris 5 Door 2 50 2 54
Toyota Prius-C 0 50 2 52
Peugeot 208 5 Door 3 32.5 15 50.5
Alfa Romeo Mito 0 50 0 50
Ford Fiesta ST 2.5 32.5 0 35
Holden Barina Sedan 1 32.5 0 33.5
Holden Barina 5 Door 0 32.5 0 32.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Small to medium cars

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Audi A3 Sportback 7 50 24 81
Subaru WRX Sedan 2 37.5 40 79.5
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Sedan 5 50 20 75
Audi A3 Sedan 0 50 24 74
BMW 3-Series Sedan 4 50 20 74
Mini Cooper 5 Door 4 50 20 74
Mini Cooper S Paceman 9 50 15 74
BMW 2-Series Active Tourer 2 50 20 72
Kia Cerato Sedan 5 50 15 70
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG 5 50 15 70
BMW 1-Series 4 50 15 69
Volkswagen Golf 5 Door 7 50 10 67
Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.5 50 15 66.5
Kia Cerato 5 Door 1 50 15 66
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 1 50 15 66
Volkswagen Scirocco 6 50 10 66
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 0 50 15 65
Volkswagen Jetta 4 50 10 64
Skoda Octavia 5 Door and Wagon 2 50 10 62
Volkswagen Beetle 2 50 10 62
Holden Astra GTC 0 50 10 60
Renault Megane 3 Door 0 50 10 60
Skoda Rapid Spaceback 5 Door 0 50 10 60
Ford Focus ST 7 50 0 57
Lexus CT 200h. Hybrid 4 50 2 56
Hyundai i30 Wagon 3 37.5 15 55.5
Citroen DS4 6.5 32.5 15 54
Hyundai Elantra 1 37.5 15 53.5
Hyundai i30 5 Door 1 37.5 15 53.5
Hyundai Veloster 1 37.5 15 53.5
Mazda Mazda3 5 Door 1 50 2 53
Volvo V40 3 50 0 53
Mazda Mazda3 Sedan 0 50 2 52
Citroen C4 Picasso 4 32.5 15 51.5
Holden Cruze Sedan and 5 Door 1 50 0 51
Peugeot 308 5 Door 1.5 32.5 15 49
Citroen C4 5.5 32.5 0 38
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1 32.5 3 36.5
Toyota Corolla 5 Door 1 32.5 0 33.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Medium cars

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Audi A4 Wagon 4 50 24 78
Audi A5 Sportback 5 Door 4 50 24 78
Subaru Liberty Sedan 0 37.5 40 77.5
Audi A4 Allroad 3 50 20 73
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 0 50 20 70
Volkswagen CC 9 50 10 69
BMW 3-Series Active Hybrid Sedan 3 50 15 68
BMW 3-Series Wagon 3 50 15 68
Mercedes-Benz CLA200 0 50 15 65
Volkswagen Passat Sedan 4 50 10 64
Infiniti Q50 1 50 10 61
Mazda Mazda6 Sport Sedan 7 50 2 59
Mazda Mazda6 Wagon 7 50 2 59
Lexus IS 6 50 0 56
Hyundai i40 Sedan 1 37.5 15 53.5
Toyota Camry 3 50 0 53
Hyundai i40 Wagon 0 37.5 15 52.5
Mazda Mazda6 Atenza Sedan 0 50 2 52
Volvo S60 2 50 0 52
Volvo V60 2 50 0 52
Peugeot 508 Sedan 0 32.5 19 51.5
Holden Malibu 1 50 0 51
Hyundai Sonata 4 37.5 0 41.5
Citroen C5 Sedan 5.5 32.5 0 38
Citroen DS5 3.5 32.5 0 36
Ford Mondeo Sedan and 5 Door 1 32.5 0 33.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Large cars

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Audi A6 9 50 24 83
Jaguar XJ 7.5 50 24 81.5
Jaguar XF 6.5 50 24 80.5
Audi A8 4 50 24 78
BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe 4 50 20 74
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Sedan 5 50 15 70
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Wagon 5 50 15 70
Skoda Superb 5 Door 5 50 15 70
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon 0 50 15 65
BMW 5-Series 4 50 0 54
Holden Calais Wagon 1 50 3 54
Holden Commodore SV6 Sedan 1 50 3 54
Lexus ES 1 50 2 53
Lexus GS 3 50 0 53
Holden Commodore Evoke Sedan 1 50 0 51
Toyota Aurion 1 50 0 51
Tesla Model S 0 50 0 50
Hyundai Genesis 0 37.5 0 37.5
Ford Falcon 0 32.5 0 32.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

People movers

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Ssangyong Stavic 1 37.5 15 53.5
Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 4 32.5 15 51.5
Peugeot 5008 0 32.5 15 47.5
Toyota Prius V Hybrid 1 32.5 0 33.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Coupes and convertibles

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
BMW 4-Series Cabriolet 10 50 20 80
BMW 4-Series Coupe 10 50 20 80
Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Cabriolet 6.5 50 20 76.5
Audi TT Coupe 2 50 24 76
Subaru BRZ Coupe 0 37.5 36 73.5
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet 4 50 19 73
Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet 5 50 15 70
BMW 2-Series Cabriolet 4 50 15 69
BMW 2-Series Coupe 4 50 15 69
Mini Cooper S Roadster 4 50 15 69
Mercedes-Benz E250 Cabriolet 2 50 15 67
Audi A3 Cabriolet 0 50 15 65
Holden Cascada Cabriolet 0 50 10 60
Peugeot RCZ 6 32.5 15 53.5
Lexus RC Coupe 3 32.5 0 35.5
Toyota 86 0 32.5 0 32.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

SUVs

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Audi SQ5 7 50 24 81
Subaru Forester 3 37.5 40 80.5
Land Rover Discovery Sport 7.5 50 20 77.5
Subaru XV 0 37.5 40 77.5
Range Rover Autobiography 10 50 15 75
BMW X1 8 50 15 73
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class 8 50 15 73
Range Rover Sport 8 50 15 73
Land Rover Discovery 4 6.5 50 15 71.5
Range Rover Evoque 3 Door 6.5 50 15 71.5
Jeep Grand Cherokee 6 50 15 71
BMW X5 5 50 15 70
Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 0 50 20 70
BMW X3 4 50 15 69
BMW X4 4 50 15 69
Volkswagen Touareg 9 50 10 69
Mini Cooper S Countryman 3.5 50 15 68.5
Infiniti FX 8 50 10 68
Subaru Outback 0 37.5 30 67.5
Audi Q3 2 50 15 67
Holden Trax 1 50 15 66
Mitsubishi ASX 1 50 15 66
Mitsubishi Outlander Inc. PHEV Hybrid 1 50 15 66
Jeep Cherokee 0 50 15 65
Mercedes-Benz ML-Class 0 50 15 65
Mitsubishi Challenger 0 50 15 65
Mitsubishi Pajero 0 50 15 65
Skoda Yeti 0 50 14 64
Volkswagen Tiguan 4 50 10 64
Peugeot 4008 1 32.5 30 63.5
Toyota RAV4 6 50 6 62
Holden Colorado 7 1 50 10 61
Renault Captur 0 50 10 60
Mazda CX-9 6 50 2 58
Lexus RX 7.5 50 0 57.5
Toyota Kluger 4 50 3 57
Ssangyong Korando 4 37.5 15 56.5
Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport 2 50 3 55
Peugeot 2008 2 32.5 20 54.5
Mazda CX-3 0 50 4 54
Hyundai ix35 1 37.5 15 53.5
Hyundai Santa Fe 1 37.5 15 53.5
Holden Captiva7 1.5 50 0 51.5
Honda CRV 1 50 0 51
Kia Sorento 1 50 0 51
Toyota Landcruiser Prado 1 50 0 51
Mazda CX-5 Akera 0 50 0 50
Toyota FJ Cruiser 2 37.5 2 41.5
Peugeot 3008 XSE 1.6 HDI MY11 5 Door 4.5 32.5 0 37
Toyota Landcruiser 200 Series 4 32.5 0 36.5
Ford Kuga 0 32.5 3 35.5
Jeep Wrangler Freedom 3 Door 2 32.5 0 34.5
Citroen C4 Aircross 1 32.5 0 33.5
Ford Territory 0 32.5 0 32.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre

Commercial vehicles

Use the table below as a guide to choosing a more secure car in this category. The higher the total score, the more secure the vehicle.

NRMA Insurance's Car Security Scores*
Make Model Entry (/10) Immobiliser Vehicle ID (/40) Total (/100)
Mitsubishi Triton 4 Door Ute 0 50 15 65
Volkswagen Transporter Crewvan Van 4 50 10 64
Holden Colorado Cab Chassis 3 50 10 63
Volkswagen Amarok Ute 2 50 10 62
Ssangyong Actyon Sports 4 Door Ute 5 37.5 15 57.5
Holden Ute 1 50 3 54
Mazda BT50 Ute 0 50 0 50
Foton Tunland 4 Door Ute 1 32.5 10 43.5
Ford Transit Van 7.5 32.5 0 40
Ford Ranger Ute 7 32.5 0 39.5
Toyota Hilux Cab Chassis 0 37.5 0 37.5
LDV V80 Van 0 32.5 00 32.5

*Information provided by NRMA Insurance's Research Centre


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