Euro NCAP, sister organisation to the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has released safety ratings for some of the latest models from numerous brands, including the Audi Q2, Ford Edge, Hyundai Ioniq and Suzuki Ignis.
Due to land in Australia early next year, the little Audi Q2 scored the maximum five-star safety rating from the European crash authority, along with the Ford Edge that will arrive Down Under in early-2018, and the ultra-efficient Hyundai Ioniq that’s due here sometime in 2017.
Also scoring the maximum five-star rating was the all-new Audi A5, due here in the first half of next year.
Meanwhile, the Suzuki Ignis – confirmed for Australia during the first quarter of 2017 – only managed three stars with the standard safety inclusions, climbing to the maximum five stars when fitted with the optional safety pack.
The Ignis makes its Australian debut early next year, and while local specification is still to be confirmed, the current ANCAP testing criteria could see the vehicle achieve five stars even without the optional safety pack, which adds autonomous emergency braking and lane assist.
ANCAP guidelines won’t require those systems for a five-star rating until 2018, when it aligns with Euro NCAP.
It was a more disappointing story for the new Ssangyong Tivoli and XLV SUVs, which both got relatively poor scores of three stars in standard form, improving to four stars with their respective safety pack options.
While the pair of Ssangyong’s won’t be coming to Australia, it’s likely that locally-bound versions of the Ignis will be fitted with the safety pack as standard to ensure a maximum safety rating.
Another new model tested recently was the Peugeot 3008 – due here next year – which scored the maximum five-star safety rating alongside the new-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class which was launched locally earlier this year.
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