SUVs score five stars for safety

Two large SUVs were the latest to nab five-star ratings by vehicle safety authority, Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), in its recent round of reviews.

Assessed against the latest safety standards across the market, the Holden Acadia and BMW X5 both scored well in the Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection categories.

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RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said it was encouraging to see more SUVs awarded top safety ratings.

ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin said it was encouraging to see Holden offer such a strong safety performer in the SUV segment.

“The collision avoidance technologies fitted to the Acadia performed very well,” Mr Goodwin said.

While the X5 as marked down due to the deployment of an airbag, Mr Goodwin said it also showed strong performance and had avoided collisions with vulnerable road users.

“The X5’s autonomous emergency braking system scored close to full points across all test scenarios for the avoidance of pedestrians and cyclists in both daylight and night-time conditions.”