Honda HR-V Audi Q7 And Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Score 5-Star ANCAP Safety Ratings

A trio of SUVs has scored top marks for safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in the latest round of testing.

Honda’s compact HR-V along with the large segment Audi Q7 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (replacing the Challenger) have all come away with 5-star ratings.

ANCAP says the 5-star rating applies to all variants in the HR-V line-up and the Pajero Sport, while the rating applies specifically to 3.0 litre diesel models with ‘standard seats’ for the Q7.

The latter result comes about because the data for the Q7 was gathered by ANCAP’s sister Program in Europe – Euro NCAP.

Audi Q7

Audi Q7

The Euro test also results in a slightly different scoring system for the Audi, rather than ANCAP’s usual overall score from 37 possible points.

For the record, the Audi scored 94 percent for adult occupant protection (36 out of 38), 88 percent for child occupant protection (43 out of 49), and 70 percent for pedestrian safety (25 out of 36).

Under ANCAP’s testing program, the Honda and Mitsubishi models each scored an impressive 36.22 out of 37.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said the strong results achieved by the trio were a good sign, as more buyers looked to SUV models as family cars.

“With ever increasing numbers of people buying SUVs it’s good to see more vehicles in that category obtaining a 5-star result so that consumers have greater choice when it comes to buying a safer vehicle,” Mr Goodwin said. “The Q7 offers an impressive list of standard features including an Autonomous Emergency Braking function which operates at both low and high speeds. 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.”

Mr Goodwin added that the Pajero Sport offered significant safety improvements over the model it replaced, providing customers in the large 4WD segment with another 5-star option.