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Safety rating comes with warning

ANCAP safety ratings for three new market entrants demonstrate the role in ANCAP’s independent safety testing.The Hyundai Kona and Holden Equinox both achieved the maximum 5 star safety rating. The MG ZS scored 4 stars.

Frontal offset of the Holden Equinox.

“SUVs are now the top-selling vehicle segment in Australia and New Zealand and these ratings speak clearly that some are safer than others,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.

“We were impressed earlier this year with the safety performance of MG’s larger GS model – the very first Chinese vehicle to achieve the top safety rating – however its smaller stablemate, the ZS, does not perform as well. Its rating is held back to 4 stars due to sub-par performance in our head-on crash test.”

The MG ZS scored 10.46 points out of 16.00 points in the frontal offset crash test. Insufficient inflation of the passenger airbag caused ‘bottoming-out’ of the dummy head through the airbag and onto the dash, and a penalty was applied.

Protection for the driver’s knee area was also insufficient. The ZS does not offer any form of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) or lane support functions.

Frontal offset of the MGZS.

In contrast one of its segment competitors, the Hyundai Kona, saw higher levels of protection offered to vehicle occupants.

“The Kona offers good all-round safety,” Mr Goodwin said.

Hyundai Kona

“Its crash test performance was well within 5 star range, and AEB is offered for all variants though it must be optioned on the base variant in Australia. AEB is, however, a standard inclusion on all New Zealand variants.”

“The Equinox is also a good structural performer in all physical crash tests, but consumers will need to opt for higher-specced variants to receive the added safety benefits of AEB and lane keep assist,” he said.

A 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Hyundai Kona and Holden Equinox variants. A 4 star rating applies to all MG ZS variants.

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Kiwi X3 offers extra safety features


The newly released BMW X3 has hit the New Zealand market with a 5 star safety rating from the Australasia New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), with a special focus on the safety of Kiwi drivers.

“The new BMW X3 offers high levels of safety for all members of the family,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, Mr James Goodwin.

Furthermore, the New Zealand version of the new SUV comes equipped with more standard safety features than both European and Australian variants.

Lane departure warning and intelligent speed assistance systems are offered as standard inclusions on Australian and New Zealand models, but New Zealand models go one step further by also offering lane keep assist, automatic high beam and adaptive cruise control as standard.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says it’s fantastic to see the safety of New Zealand drivers being prioritised.

“We’re pleased BMW is offering Kiwi drivers a wide range of safety technologies as standard features, which all work to prevent crashes on our roads,” Stocks says.

“Having a wide range of vehicles with a good mix of safety technologies available in New Zealand is a key step towards improving our driving environment here.”

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Top safety rating awarded to Volvo XC60

Volvo’s mid-size XC60 SUV has been awarded the maximum five star safety rating by independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, attaining class-leading scores in two key areas.

“The XC60 passed the assessment achieving not only 5 stars, but taking out the highest scores to date in the areas of Adult Occupant Protection and Safety Assist,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.

“This model is fitted as standard with an autonomous emergency braking system which operates at high and low speeds and can detect pedestrians. Performance testing of this system earned the vehicle full points. It also has an intelligent speed assistance system which uses a camera to recognise and inform the driver of the local speed limit,” Mr Goodwin said.

“High levels of protection were recorded for occupants in all four crash tests, with only the chest of the rear passenger in the full width test and the lower legs of the driver in the frontal offset test seeing points deducted. “

The XC60 scored 98% for Adult Occupant Protection and 95% for Safety Assist.

The five star ANCAP safety rating applies to all D4, D5, T5 and T6 variants.

Volvo XC60 frontal offset test at 64km/h

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MG GS first Chinese vehicle to get five-stars

ANCAP has today awarded the first five-star ANCAP safety rating to a Chinese vehicle with the MG GS rising to meet the top safety threshold.

The medium-sized SUV increases its ANCAP (Australasia’s independent authority on vehicle safety) rating from four stars to five stars following a specification upgrade and strong performance in the pole test.

“We initially assessed this model earlier this year and saw that while structurally it offered sound levels of occupant protection, its safety specification did not meet what is now expected as a minimum for a five-star car,” says ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin.

“MG must be commended for upgrading this model and this achievement raises the bar for other similar brands entering the very competitive Australian new vehicle fleet,” Goodwin says.

The five-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all MG GS models built from August 2017 and on sale from October 2017. The MG GS is produced by SAIC Motor and distributed by MG Motor Australia.

Five-star ANCAP safety ratings have also been awarded to the Kia Rio and higher-specified variants of the Suzuki Swift, on sale from June 2017.

“There is healthy competition within the light car segment, and the five-star rating for all variants of the Rio adds to this,” Goodwin says.

Five-star thresholds were met by the Swift GL Navigator, GL Navigator with safety pack and the GLX Turbo, however, the base model Swift GL fell short resulting in a four-star rating.

“The Swift is an affordable car and we would encourage consumers to opt for one of the higher specified models to ensure they’re getting the best safety package,” Goodwin added.

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5-star ANCAP rating for Euro cars

Skoda Kodiaq frontal offset test

A range of European vehicles have been awarded 5-star ANCAP safety ratings – the Skoda Kodiaq, Audi Q5, MINI Countryman and the Audi Q2.

All four cars come with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard, and drivers and passenger safety scored highly in the tests, although there was some variance in results when it came to child protection.

“Depending on what the main use of your car is, sometimes it’s worth drilling down into the detail behind the rating to ensure it ticks the boxes you want it to, and for the best price, ” said AA general manager Stella Stocks.

“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,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.

The top rating, applicable to all 4×4 variants, comes as the SUV is due to reach the New Zealand market.

The Audi Q5 5-star rating applies to all Q5 and SQ5 model variants.

“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,” Goodwin said.

The Audi Q2, launched in February, was also tested, and received a 5-star rating, which applies to all variants.

“It’s worth noting that Audi has released a higher standard safety specification version of the Q2 in New Zealand than in Australia, which may make it slightly more expensive, but better value for buyers in the long run,” said Stocks.

The New Zealand release of the Q2 contains features that are optional in Australia but standard herem including blind spot monitoring, hill launch assist, speed assistance – speed sign recognition and warning, following distance warning, reverse collision avoidance, and trailer stability control.

Finally, the new MINI Countryman, which launched in New Zealand in March, has beaten the previous model’s 4-star rating with a top grade.

“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,” said Goodwin.

“Consumers should be buoyed by these ratings which show brands are keeping pace with increasing safety standards.”

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5-star ANCAP rating for Subaru XV, Holden Astra

The Holden Astra mid-test

The Subaru XV and Holden Astra have both earned 5-star safety ratings from Australasian watchdog ANCAP, with the Subaru’s pedestrian protection scoring particularly high.  

“It’s good to see more and more vehicles entering our national fleet that take into account the safety of all our different road users,” says AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks.

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes,” said ANCAP CEO James Goodwin.

Testing will be more rigorous next year and include a requirement for vehicles to include autonomous engine braking (AEB) in order to receive five stars. AEB prevents crashes by automatically engaging the brakes when it senses a hazard in close range.

While AEB is a standard option on the three higher XV models, it’s unavailable on the entry-level variant. The Astra sedan lacked any AEB option across the model range. 

“Both cars would make safe family vehicles and come with a fair amount of safety assist technologies, but we would have liked to see AEB at least as an option on higher variants of the Astra,” Stocks said.

“Manufacturers will need to start including AEB as standard sooner rather than later as rating requirements become more stringent next year,” she added.

The 5 star ratings apply to all sedan variants of the Holden Astra and all variants of the Subaru XV.

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ANCAP for Great Wall

Four vehicles have been rated by safety watchdog ANCAP, with the Great Wall Steed ute scoring the lowest marks at two stars.

Stella Stocks, general manager of motoring services at AA, told Auofile it’s very disappointing that two-star vehicles are sold new in New Zealand.

“The biggest issue for AA is that two-star vehicles can still come in to the country and be sold new. People need to buy the safest vehicle they can afford, and they should check out all the safety features and the ANCAP rating and the areas of concern in the vehicle before they buy.

“Most cars and many utes have five stars, and they are in the secondhand market,” she says.

ANCAP CEO James Goodwin also found the results disappointing. “Despite claims from the vehicle brand that the Chinese dual cab is ‘all-new’ and offers ‘outstanding levels of performance, value, safety and comfort,’ the underpinnings of the Steed differ little to that of the previous generation,” he says.

“While Great Wall Motors has added safety assist technology not available on its earlier offering to the market, the Steed’s structural integrity is like a step back in time,” Stocks added.

“In new cars today we expect to see a very high standard of occupant protection during a crash test. However, the Steed doesn’t come close to meeting that expectation.”

The previous-generation V240 ute also received a two-star rating when it was tested in 2009. The model was discontinued in 2016.

The dual-cab Steed was released in September last year after a new distributor took over from independent importer Ateco Automotive in July 2016.

“While the Steed is equipped with six airbags and electronic stability control, features which were not offered on the previous model, there has been little change to the vehicle’s structure to improve the safety of the passenger cabin,” Goodwin added.

Concerning results from ANCAP included excessive footwell deformation, separation of footwell panels and pedal displacement in the frontal offset crash test, which scored 8.3 out of 16.

Driver and front passenger protection from whiplash was rated marginal, and ANCAP warned that without top-tether child restraints, the ute was unsuitable for transporting young children.

However, three other vehicles received five-star ratings – The Honda Civic sedan and hatch, the Hyundai i30 (and all variants) and the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity van.

The five-star rating applies to all variants of the Honda Civic sedan, with the hatch to be released locally in May. The Type R is the exception and is unrated.

The top rating for the Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo Activity applies to all models built from January 2017.

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5-star ANCAP rating for BMW 520d

BMW’s 520d diesel sedan has earned a five-star ANCAP safety rating, thanks to high scores in both adult and child occupant and pedestrian protection.

“BMW’s investment in safety assist and crash prevention technology, along with excellent structural performance, ensures that occupants are very well protected at a standard new car buyers have come to expect,” said AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks

“It is also pleasing to see that models sold in New Zealand include a knee airbag, unlike its Australian cousin.”

Adult occupant protection scored 92 per cent, with top marks for the side impact test, pole test and autonomous emergency braking. Child protection scored 85 per cent, and pedestrian protection 81 per cent.

Numerous safety features come standard in the newly released sedan, including intersection collision warning, reversing collision avoidance, following distance warning, fatigue reminder, driver knee airbag and autonomous emergency braking.

The 520d also contains an ‘active’ bonnet to minimise pedestrian harm, and good or adequate protection was provided over the entire surface.

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Three cars earn five-star ANCAP ratings

Hyundai i20

Four cars have been tested in the latest round of Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety ratings, with three of four receiving a five-star rating.

The Audi A5, Volvo S90 and Hyundai Ioniq hybrid all achieved the top rating. A second Hyundai model, the i20 hatch and crossover, only received four stars. This rating applies to vehicles released in New Zealand from December last year.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks said the result will be disappointing for consumers, and the Korean brand usually has a strong track record for car safety.

“Safety standards are rising, which means car markets need to push harder to meet consumer expectations,” Stocks said.

Most new cars come with crash prevention technology such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and emergency brake assist as standard. However, none of these are available on the i20.

The Hyundai hatch scored lower marks in child occupant protection, which was rated at 73 per cent, and safety assist, rated at 64 per cent. Adult occupant protection was rated at 85 per cent.

The other three cars were lauded for their safety features by ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin.

“Autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and reversing collision avoidance are however standard on all variants of the new hybrid model introduced by Hyundai – the Ioniq. Lane support systems and a manual speed limiter are also standard features adding to its top safety credentials,” he said. The five-star rating applies to all vehicles produced from February this year.

Goodwin added that the advanced safety technologies on the Volvo S90 “performed extremely well, with complete collision avoidance in all scenarios and at all test speeds,” but noted the knee airbag, which is standard in European models, was not found in Australasian models. Volvo S90s sold after October 2016 fall under the five-star rating.

“High scores were also achieved by the Audi A5 which is equipped with an ‘active’ bonnet and advanced AEB system which can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians,” Goodwin concluded. The rating applies to cars produced March onwards.

Safety specifications, however, do differ between the Australasian A5 models, with adaptive cruise control and lane support systems standard for New Zealand consumers but optional in Australia.

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Ford Escape gets ANCAP

The Ford Escape has been awarded a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says the Escape is a well-rounded car for everyday use and comes in at an affordable price point in the market.

“It’s done exceptionally well in the overall crash tests, with solid cabin integrity and good pedestrian protection, which means in terms of safety it stands up well,” says Stocks.

The medium SUV comes equipped with a good range of safety features, including Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Autonomous Emergency Braking at city speeds, which helps to prevent nose to tails, Attention Assist for when drivers get fatigued and Trailer Stability Control.

ANCAP is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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