03 Dec 2015

Three more SUVs reach the 5 star mark

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has today released new five star safety ratings for the Audi Q7, Honda HR-V and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.

“With ever increasing numbers of people buying SUVs it’s good to see more vehicles in that category obtaining a five star result so that consumers have greater choice when it comes to buying a safer vehicle,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.

The rated Audi Q7 was introduced to the market in September 2015 and the ANCAP rating applies to the 3.0 litre diesel variants with standard seats.

“The Q7 offers an impressive list of standard features including an Autonomous Emergency Braking function which operates at both low and high speeds, and it is also fitted with adaptive cruise control and lane keeping systems,” Mr Goodwin said.

The rated Honda HR-V was introduced in Australia and New Zealand in February 2015 and this ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants within the model range.

“The Honda is a popular selling model in the competitive, compact SUV market so it’s encouraging to see it performing well in the structural tests but autonomous braking and lane keeping technology are only available on higher end variants,” he said.

The Mitsubishi Pajero Sport was launched in the Australasian market in December this year and the ANCAP rating applies to all variants.

“The Pajero Sport is a significant safety improvement over the model it replaces and provides consumers in the large 4WD segment with another five star choice,” Mr Goodwin said.