A trio of new SUV offerings have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – the BMW X1, Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen Tiguan.
While all three models achieved good scores in each of the physical crash tests, the two Germans were praised by the firm for their inclusion of active safety systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard.
James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP, said: “The new Tiguan provides high and low speed autonomous emergency braking technology (AEB) and an active lane support system that helps correct deviation if the car drifts out of lane. These technologies are standard across the Tiguan range”.
“The X1 is also equipped as standard with AEB and goes one step further with an AEB system which can detect and brake for pedestrians. This is coupled with a pop-up bonnet which provides additional impact clearance.”
Meanwhile, the Renegade offers good structural performance in a range of collision scenarios however lacks the active safety technologies offered as standard on the BMW and Volkswagen.
All-wheel drive variants of the Volkswagen Tiguan and front-wheel drive variants of the Jeep Renegade (built from May 2016) have been awarded the five-star rating with the latest 2016 datestamp, however, the BMW X1 – which was released last year – receives a 2015 datestamp.
“The datestamp is now the point-of-difference consumers should be looking to when comparing models,” Goodwin added.