22 Apr 2020

VW T-Cross and the all-electric Audi e-tron enter local market with 5 stars.

Australasia’s leading independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP SAFETY, has today published 5 star ANCAP safety ratings for two new models – the Volkswagen T-Cross and Audi e-tron.

Following their release into the European market and subsequent testing last year, locally-specified models have achieved strong scores across all key areas of assessment.

“The T-Cross, Volkswagen’s new small SUV provides an impressive safety offering to the segment,” said ANCAP Director – Communications & Advocacy, Rhianne Robson.

“It achieved 97% for Adult Occupant Protection, with full points scored for the side impact and oblique pole impact tests.”

“Its autonomous emergency braking performance was also strong with maximum points achieved in low-speed scenarios – those typical of city driving – as well as its ability to detect and avoid collisions with cyclists. Functionality of its autonomous braking system at higher speeds was given the top rating of Good across all test scenarios, and its ability to respond to pedestrians also achieved an overall rating of Good.”

“The battery electric Audi e-tron is well-equipped with a range of safety features and technologies, and offers a high level of protection to child occupants.”

“A score of 91% was achieved for its protection of adult occupants, yet engineers noted a slight concern for driver chest protection in the oblique pole test.”

“While vehicle sales are down, SUVs remain the dominant segment, so it is encouraging to see safety continuing to be prioritised,” Mrs Robson said.

5 star ANCAP safety ratings apply to all Volkswagen T-Cross and Audi e-tron variants sold in Australia* and New Zealand.

* Audi e-tron to launch in Australia in late 2020.

Volkswagen T-Cross (Apr 2020 – onwards) oblique pole test at 32km/h

Volkswagen T-Cross (Apr 2020 – onwards) full width frontal test at 50km/h

Audi e-tron (Jul 2019 – onwards) side impact test at 50km/h

Audi e-tron (Jul 2019 – onwards) frontal offset test at 64km/h

Volkswagen T-Cross (Apr 2020 – onwards) side impact test at 50km/h

Volkswagen T-Cross (Apr 2020 – onwards) oblique pole test at 32km/h

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