The incoming Honda Civic sedan and Hyundai Veloster have been awarded the maximum five-star rating under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program’s (ANCAP) upgraded safety ratings system.

The ninth-generation Honda Civic was rated ‘good’ for pedestrian protection – the highest possible rating under the new criteria, which has been added to the overall ratings for 2012. It earned a pedestrian protection score of 27.54 points out of 36, and an overall occupant protection score of 34.91 out of 37.

The Hyundai Veloster three-door sports coupe achieved an ‘acceptable’ rating for pedestrian protection – the second-highest rating – with a score of 17.74 out of 36. The Veloster performed particularly well in the occupant protection area, scoring 35.47 out of 37.

Electronic stability control (ESC), six airbags (dual front, side and curtains), ABS, EBD and brake assist are standard in both cars. The Veloster gets front seatbelt reminders, while the Civic gets reminders for both front and rear occupants.

ANCAP Chair Lauchlan McIntosh praised Honda on achieving the highest pedestrian protection rating.

“Pedestrian protection is an area that has not been well addressed amongst the current fleet so Honda has thrown out a challenge to other vehicle manufacturers,” he said.

The Hyundai Veloster is now on sale in Australia while the Honda Civic sedan is due in local showrooms next month.

  • Pauly

    Hyundai are launching the Veloster on February 12th in Australia.

    Expect 2 models to choose from with DCT (Auto) being a 2K option on both models.

    Depending on your state the top spec model with Auto should set you back $32,500 with dealer delivery.

  • Devin Yeh

    I was hoping Honda would released a slightly different design than their US counterpart like the current generation. Sigh…

  • Chris

    Finally, the same civic as the North American market!

    • vti07

      Not quite 100% the same, the indicators integrated into the headlight are on the inner edge vs outer edge for the US model. Also, there should be a Tailight trim extension piece on the rear to make it look less like a camry. Hope they bring out the Xenon headlight option which is available in some markets.