SsangYong receives first ANCAP five-star rating

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said the Club congratulated SsanYong on its first high safety score.

“If you’re on the road in one of these cars, you can have the peace of mind you’re travelling in a safe ride,” Ms Ritchie said.

“It rated highly for adult and child occupant protection and collision avoidance, autonomous emergency braking and active lane assistance which are all features fitted as standard.”

ANCAP Chief Technical Officer Mark Terrell said this was a positive step up from SsanYong.

“Both the brand and their Australasian representatives should be proud of their efforts in supplying their first 5 star vehicle to our market,” Mr Terrell said.

“5 stars is not only possible, it is the expected standard, and the entry of this model provides fleet and private consumers with an additional choice in the popular and competitive Medium SUV segment.”

Mr Terrel said the Volvo S60 sedan and Volvo V60 estate (wagon) also achieved a five star safety rating during recent testing, particularly for its protection of child occupants in the two destructive crash tests.

“The frontal offset and side impact tests represent the crash types where we see the greatest number of fatalities, and these models performed well with full points achieved for critical body regions. The width of the rear seating row does however limit the safe installation of some child restraints in the centre seating position,” he said.

Mr Terrel said the BMW 3 Series was also tested and a score of 97 percent for Adult Occupant Protection and strong scores across the three other key areas of assessment, including Vulnerable Road User Protection.

“The 3 Series is equipped with a full range of driver assistance technologies and performed well in tests of its ability to detect vulnerable road users, either avoiding or mitigating collisions with pedestrians and cyclists across a range of scenarios.”

The full results can be viewed on ANCAP’s website.