Golf star Tiger Woods lucked out when he crashed a luxury SUV. He had five-star safety on his side, but no-one knew it at the time.
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The 2021 Genesis GV80 SUV and Genesis G80 luxury sedan have both scored five star safety results following the most recent round of crash tests.

The Genesis GV80 shot to international fame earlier this year by accident, after golf star Tiger Woods crashed a promotional vehicle in California.

Although the crash test assessments of both Genesis vehicles were done by European NCAP, the scores carry over with the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The results were for 2.5-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel variants of the Genesis GV80 and 2.5-litre petrol and 2.2-litre diesel variants of the Genesis G80 sedan.

The twin turbo V6 petrol models of both vehicles are “unrated,” however they are equipped with the same advanced safety systems and share the same body structures as their five-star stablemates.

The Genesis twins are among the few high end luxury cars tested by Euro NCAP and Australian NCAP, which historically have focused on mass-market mainstream cars sold in vastly greater numbers.

The expansion into the luxury sector indicates the safety bodies will begin to test a broader range of vehicles in future.

While both Genesis vehicles scored well in all key areas – and both models are equipped with a centre airbag between the front seats – the safety authority highlighted the introduction of one piece of technology that was included on the vehicles, even it is not yet part of the five-star scoring criteria.

“The Genesis GV80 also gives consumers some insight into ANCAP’s future plans,” ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg said in a media statement.

All variants of the Genesis twins are equipped as standard with a Child Presence Detection system, technology which reminds drivers to check the back seat for sleeping kids once the vehicle is parked, rather than risk accidentally leaving them in a locked car.

Such technology is also being rolled out on mainstream models and more affordable family cars from a number of automotive brands.

“While this feature is not yet scored as part of the official ANCAP rating process, it paves the way for a new aspect we’ll be introducing from 2023,” said Ms Hoorweg.