Independent vehicle safety authority ANCAP has announced five-star safety ratings for the new SsangYong Korando, BMW 3 Series and Volvo S60/V60.
The Korando’s result is a significant milestone, as it’s the first five-star score for SsangYong.
“This is a positive step up from SsangYong, and both the brand and their Australasian representatives should be proud of their efforts in supplying their first five-star vehicle to our market,” said ANCAP Chief Technical Officer, Mark Terrell.
“Five stars is not only possible, it is the expected standard, and the entry of this model provides fleet and private consumers with an additional choice in the popular and competitive Medium SUV segment,” Mr Terrell added.
Against the updated criteria, the Korando achieved 88 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 86 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 68 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 72 per cent for Safety Assist.
ANCAP's five-star ratings apply to all versions of the Korando sold in Australia and New Zealand.
As expected, the new BMW 3 Series performed well scoring 97 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 87 per cent to Vulnerable Road User Protection, and 77 per cent for Safety Assist.
“The 3 Series is equipped with a full range of driver assistance technologies and performed well in tests of its ability to detect vulnerable road users, either avoiding or mitigating collisions with pedestrians and cyclists across a range of scenarios,” Mr Terrell said.
All 2.0-litre variants of the 3 Series carry the five-star safety rating. The upcoming M340i xDrive remains unrated.
Finally, the all-new Volvo S60 and V60 twins have also been awarded the full five-star safety score.
The Volvo pair scored 96 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 88 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 74 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 77 per cent for Safety Assist.
The S60 and V60 achieved maximum points for the protection of child occupants in the two destructive crash tests which feature child dummies.
“The frontal offset and side impact tests represent the crash types where we see the greatest number of fatalities, and these models performed well with full points achieved for critical body regions. The width of the rear seating row does however limit the safe installation of some child restraints in the centre seating position.”
ANCAP’s five-star rating applies to all versions of the S60 and V60 except the T8 hybrid models.
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