ANCAP has awarded five-star safety ratings to the Ford Focus, Genesis G70, Hyundai Santa Fe and Jaguar I-Pace this week.
Interestingly, the Focus managed an impressive 87 per cent score for child occupant protection, which was better than the other three models.
"The Focus scored maximum points in destructive Child Occupant Protection testing and is equipped with both forward and reverse auto braking," said James Goodwin, CEO for ANCAP.
"The I-Pace is one of only a few models to offer an external airbag, which is designed to provide increased protection to pedestrians."
However, the Santa Fe (above) displayed two potential issues for models equipped with sunroofs.
"Engineers identified two issues with the deployment of the curtain airbag in Santa Fe models fitted with a panoramic roof, with the airbag tearing and a portion of the airbag being caught on the upper belt anchorage. Penalties were applied to scoring of the side impact and oblique pole tests to reflect the increased head injury risk," Goodwin said.
"ANCAP notified the Australian vehicle standards regulator of the issue, resulting in a national recall to remedy models already in service. A production change has been implemented by Hyundai for new models."
"The seven-seat SUV also lacks top tether anchorages for third row seating positions, leaving the third row unable to install child restraints and carry young children," he added.
Goodwin also noted the Genesis G70's strong performance across the board, headlined by a "well-performing" lane support system.
ANCAP's five-star ratings apply to all variants of the Ford Focus (from December 2018), Genesis G70 (from 2019), Hyundai Santa Fe (from July 2018) and Jaguar I-Pace (from December 2018).
Note: Scores for the Focus, I-Pace and Santa Fe were derived from Euro NCAP testing
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