Here at CAR magazine, we take every new vehicle we feature to our test strip to gather data for our in-depth road tests. Below we have listed the worst average braking times (across our standard ten attempts, each from 100 km/h) we collected in 2019. The best single stopping time a vehicle achieved is used to break a tie (average times are listed below).
5. Ford Ranger Raptor DC 2,0 BiT4x4 10AT – 3,29 seconds
The Ranger Raptor may have an impressive suspension setup but with all of that weight its lugging around it takes a lot to slow it down (despite its uprated braking system with 332 mm discs all round). Also bear in mind this model wears off-road-biased tyres as standard.
4. Mahindra XUV500 2,2 CRDe W10 auto – 3,33 seconds
Upon hard braking, the XUV500's pedal exhibits a notable degree of dead travel before the callipers bite down on the discs. That goes some way to explaining the 3,33-second 100-0 km/h average braking time.
3. Suzuki Jimny 1,5 GLX Allgrip – 3,38 seconds
The Jimny boasts a low mass figure but it still struggles to slow down. Our brake tests revealed the ABS has its work cut out to deal with the weight transfer of the short-wheelbase vehicle and its high centre of gravity. It managed an average stopping time of 3,38 seconds during emergency-stop testing, which we rate as “average”.
2. Mahindra KUV100 NXT G80 K8 – 3,41 seconds
The KUV100 offers a basic crossover experience on a budget but there are some drawbacks. Despite being fitted with ABS and EBD, the G80 K8 managed to achieve an average stopping time of 3,41 seconds, which resulted in it being handed a “poor” rating by our road-test standards.
1. Nissan NP300 Hardbody 2,5 TDI Hi-Rider 4x4 – 3,73 seconds
In late 2018, jaws dropped when Global NCAP released its local crash-test data showing the SA-built Nissan Hardbody had scored zero stars for adult occupant protection. Adding fuel to the fire concerning its safety rating, braking performance across our 10 tested emergency stops registered a "poor" rating on our scale in 2019. In fact, it recorded an average stopping time only four percent better than the Hardbody we tested 16 years ago...