Crash-testing authority ANCAP has awarded the maximum five-star safety rating to three of the latest models to hit the Australian market; the Fiat 500X, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Subaru Impreza.

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Both the 500X and Impreza achieved high scores in the destructive crash tests, however autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is only available in higher grades in both model lines - something that ANCAP's CEO, James Goodwin, thinks should be addressed.

"It’s disappointing these technologies have not been provided as standard across their respective model ranges and for the safety of all road users we want to see an increase in the fitting of this technology," he said.

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However, Goodwin was impressed with the level of standard safety equipment in the E-Class.

"The E-Class has been awarded a 2016 datestamp and provides a long list of standard safety features and technologies including all three grades of autonomous emergency braking, an active bonnet for increased pedestrian protection and pre-crash systems which prepare for an impact in order to minimise occupant injury," he said.

Both the Impreza and E-Class achieved 'Good' ratings for pedestrian protection, while the 500X just fell short of the top rating.

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The five-star rating for the Fiat 500X applies to all front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants built from July 2016, while all versions of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Subaru Impreza receive the maximum five-star safety rating.

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