The 2018 Range Rover Velar has been awarded the full five-star safety rating from independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week.

Scoring 35.5 out of 38 for adult occupant protection (93 per cent), the Velar impressed with a strong performance across the board, including full marks in the side impact and pole tests.

The Velar did well in terms of child occupant protection too, managing 85 per cent, which ANCAP rates as "good".

Helping the new Range Rover to achieve the result is the standard inclusion of high-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) across the range, which also features pedestrian protection, along with a lane departure warning system.

"The Velar arrives to our market with strong all-round safety performance resulting in a five-star ANCAP safety rating,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin.

"Maximum points were scored for adult occupants in these two lateral crash tests, and child occupant protection – which looks at the protection offered for a six-year-old and 10-year-old child – was also good."

However, the Velar did only achieve a 'Marginal' rating for rear seat adult occupant chest protection in the full-width frontal test.

Note: The Velar's score is based on tests conducted by sister body, Euro NCAP