European manufacturers get top safety scores

A range of European cars has been the latest to take out the top safety honours by Australia’s independent vehicle safety authority, having been awarded ANCAP’s five-star safety rating.

The Skoda Kodiaq was the first to get the nod of approval thanks to its adoption of the latest safety technology.

“The Kodiaq has been assessed against the latest criteria offering a range of important safety
technologies as standard, including autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking and speed limiter,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.

The Audi Q2 was also given the tick of approval while the recently released Q5 also took out top honours.

“It has an advanced autonomous emergency braking system which operates at city and highway speeds, with the added ability to detect and assist in avoiding pedestrians up to a speed of 85km/h,” he said.


Mini has improved its safety features of the Countryman – the newest model has overtaken the four-star rating given to its predecessor, and been awarded five stars.

“Not only has Mini improved on the structural performance of the Countryman – they’re offering the highest level of safety assist features seen from the brand with autonomous emergency braking including pedestrian detection, and a speed sign recognition and warning system,” he said.

Consumers were encouraged to consider safety ratings when purchasing vehicles and Mr Goodwin said they could be buoyed by the high ratings which show brands are keeping pace with safety standards.