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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Toyota Corolla, Honda CR-V and Holden Colorado 7 headline the latest list of vehicles to be awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The Audi A1Audi Q3, and the Holden Barina hatch and sedan have also earned five-star ratings in a positive result for those in the market for a new car.

 

The new 11th-generation Toyota Corolla hatch, which launched in Australia last week, earned 35.25 points out of a possible 37 in the overall occupant protection assessment, and was rated “acceptable” for its level of pedestrian protection.

All variants of the new Toyota Corolla are equipped with seven airbags and electronic stability control (ESC), among other active and passive safety features, with hill-start assist added for models with the optional continuously variable transmission (CVT).

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The Honda CR-V finally joins the five-star club with the arrival of the fourth-generation crossover, with the CR-V scoring 35.91 out of 37. The result makes it the second-highest-scoring medium SUV in ANCAP’s database, slotting in behind only the Volvo XC60 (36.53).

Launching in Australia in November, the Honda CR-V features six airbags, ESC and a rear-view camera as standard, while ANCAP says features including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist will be introduced to some variants from 2013.

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The Holden Colorado 7 became the third-best large SUV in ANCAP’s data with its score of 35.09 points, trailing only the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the Toyota Prado.

The Colorado 7’s assessment was based on the crash test of the related Colorado crew-cab ute, which was awarded five stars in July. Like its crew-cab sibling, the Colorado 7 is equipped with four airbags and ESC, and was also found to offer “acceptable” pedestrian protection.

ANCAP awarded five-star ratings to the Audi A1, Q3 and Holden Barina based on crash tests conducted by overseas affiliate Euro NCAP.

ANCAP’s maximum safety rating now applies to three- and five-door variants of the Audi A1, front- and all-wheel-drive models of the Audi Q3 and the sedan and hatch variants of the Holden Barina. The five-star rating does not apply to the Holden Barina Classic.




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