In doing so, it has also become the first locally manufactured wagon to receive top marks for safety.
This result reflects the extensive list of standard safety equipment across the range, including six airbags, rear park assist and Electronic Stability Control (ESC), which incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS).
"As a family car there should be no compromise in safety and the ANCAP endorsement is a very clear indication that with Sportwagon there is no such thing,” GM Holden chairman and managing director Mark Reuss said.
It comes as no surprise, with the Commodore sedan also receiving the same score following the addition of a steering column shroud energy absorber that helps to reduce driver knee injuries and a passenger seat belt reminder for the Omega.
ANCAP’s five star safety rating will also be applied to the Special Edition VE Commodore International Sedan and Sportwagon (both pictured) that will go on sale in March 2009, as well as models which have been converted to dual fuel LPG.