Independent crash testing authority ANCAP has released safety ratings for the new Toyota HiAce and Nissan Leaf, both scoring the full five stars.
Both vehicles managed over 90% for adult occupant protection, with the HiAce impressing further with an 84% rating for vulnerable road users, too.
The five-star rating applies to all variants of the HiAce and Leaf – the latter only available in one version anyway – with ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin, praising Toyota for offering such a comprehensive safety package in its new commercial van.
"This is a landmark achievement for the Commercial Van segment," he said of the HiAce's result.
"This rating shows a new level of market maturity, with modern safety design being prioritised by the majority [of] vehicle brands regardless of the segment or intended use of the vehicle."
"For many, the vehicle is their workplace and Toyota should be applauded for providing the same level of safety in the HiAce as we see in today’s passenger cars and SUVs," Goodwin added.
ANCAP's chief also said of the Leaf: "The rating for the Nissan Leaf provides consumers and fleet buyers with another safe electric vehicle option".
"Good levels of protection were observed for adult and child occupants, and performance of its lane keep assist and autonomous emergency braking systems was rated ‘Good'."
It's worth noting the HiAce's scores are based on local testing by ANCAP with a 2019 date stamp, while the Leaf's score is based on Euro NCAP testing and is stamped with a 2018 date. Additionally, the Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito hold five-star safety ratings based on previous year assessment criteria.
While the Japanese pair fared well in the latest round of safety tests, the new-generation Jeep Wrangler was the polar opposite.
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