Five vehicles score five ANCAP stars

Five SUVs have been the latest to score five-stars from vehicle safety authority, Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), in its recent round of reviews.

The new Mazda 3, Toyota RAV4, Volkswagen Touareg, Lexus UX and Range Rover Evoque models were assessed against the highest safety standards and received the maximum rating for crashworthiness and crash avoidance.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the Club was pleased to see a mix of brands achieve high safety scores.

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“You can trust you’re on safe wheels with any of these vehicles, or any other that holds a five-star ANCAP rating,” Ms Hunter said.

“It’s what you need to look for when you’re in the market for a new car and that’s why we always say you should buy the safest car you can afford.”

ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin said the organisation was encouraged to see safety continue to be prioritised across all levels of the vehicle market.

“The physical protection offed by the popular-selling Mazda 3 was excellent, scoring a record high 98 percent for Adult Occupant Protection,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Petrol and hybrid-powered Toyota RAV4 models scored well across the range of tests, with strong performance of its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system seen across a range of speeds and scenarios with cars, pedestrians and cyclists. In the oblique pole test, engineers noted an issue with the deployment of the side curtain airbag and penalties were applied.

“In the Large SUV segment, the Volkswagen Touareg offered ‘Good’ protection in side impact testing. ‘Marginal’ levels of protection were noted for the chest of the driver in both frontal crash tests and the oblique pole test.

“All [four-wheel-drive] and [all-wheel-drive] variants of the hybrid Lexus UX are fitted as standard with a range of safety assist features including AEB, lane support and blind spot monitoring, and ‘Good’ performance was seen across testing of these features.

“The Range Rover Evoque offers a range of active safety assist systems, and tests of its autonomous emergency braking scored well. Tests of lane support functionality showed some ‘Good’ performance however the system does not intervene in more critical emergency lane keeping scenarios.”

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