The new 2016 Infiniti Q30 has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

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Helping the new hatchback to achieve top marks were the inclusion of both low- and high-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard across the range.

James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP, praised Infiniti for its high test score. “This model performed well across the range of demanding physical crash tests,” he said.

“The human body can only withstand certain amounts of force in a crash, so it is vital that the bulk of crash forces are absorbed by the vehicle and not its occupants.”

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Adding to the five-star occupant safety rating was a ‘Good’ score in pedestrian protection, thanks to the Q30’s standard active bonnet.

However, the Q30 was marked down for whiplash protection, with ‘Marginal’ and ‘Poor’ ratings given to front and rear occupants respectively.

Goodwin also highlighted the availability of more active safety systems on higher-spec models only, could be improved on.

“The list of standard safety assist technologies for this premium brand is however shorter than expected,” he said.

“Blind-spot monitoring (BMS), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and lane support systems (LSS) [are] only offered on higher-specified variants.”

The Infiniti Q30 is scheduled to go on sale in Australia during the third quarter of this year.