The Skoda Yeti has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
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The Yeti’s rating of 34.67 points out of 37 makes it the second safest compact SUV in Australia behind the Subaru Outback, according to ANCAP’s criteria. ANCAP’s report says the rating only applies to the 103TDI 4x4 model. It has not rated the 77TSI front-wheel drive model.

Launched in Australia late last month, the Skoda Yeti comes standard with seven airbags (dual front, side, curtains and driver’s knee), electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, front seatbelt reminders and front seatbelt pretensioners.

It scored 14.67 out of 16 in the frontal offset crash test, a perfect 16 in the side impact crash test, and four bonus points for having seatbelt reminders fitted and for completing the pole test. ANCAP says the Yeti provides ‘marginal’ protection for pedestrians, scoring 16.72 points out of 36.

Meanwhile, the Toyota HiAce earned a four-star rating from ANCAP. In Australia, the HiAce is fitted with dual front airbags but is not available with electronic stability control.

The HiAce scored 25.50 points out of 37. The four-star rating applies to vehicles built from September 17, 2011, when improved driver knee protection was introduced.

The HiAce scored 9.5 points in the offset frontal crash test and 16 in the side impact crash test. ANCAP says the HiAce provides ‘poor’ pedestrian protection, scoring only 6.53 points out of 36.

The Mercedes-Benz Vito is the safest van in Australia according to ANCAP. It is the only one to earn a five-star rating. Other four-star vans in Australia include the Volkswagen Transporter, Hyundai iLoad, Renault Kangoo and the Citroen Berlingo.

Read CarAdvice's review of the Skoda Yeti.