Safety in ‘the of­fice’

More vans are join­ing the four-star crash-test ranks

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Working Wheels -

in Europe but ANCAP of­fi­cials are sat­is­fied the ve­hi­cles would per­form the same way as Aus­tralian mar­ket ver­sions.

How­ever, the mod­els se­lected for the crash test were fit­ted with driver and pas­sen­ger airbags, which are op­tional equip­ment. It is not clear whether the vans would achieve a four-star rat­ing with­out the airbag op­tions.

Sev­eral new vans now achieve four-star crash test rat­ings out of a pos­si­ble five, in­clud­ing the Hyundai iLoad, sev­eral ver­sions of the Mercedes-Benz Vito and the VWTrans­porter.

The Vito, when con­fig­ured for cur­tain airbags to be fit­ted, scores five stars and is the only van in Aus­tralia to do so.

Vans with three stars in­clude the Suzuki APV, Ford Tran­sit and Toy­ota Hi­Ace.

Of all vans tested, Mit­subishi’s Ex­press is the worst per­former by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin, scor­ing one star out of five.

The Kan­goo scored 27.73 out of 37 points for oc­cu­pant pro­tec­tion and the Berlingo scored 27.20. Both were rated mar­ginal when it came to pedes­trian crash safety, with the front edge of the bon­net a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem.

Re­nault and Citroen fit an­tilock brakes as stan­dard in their ve­hi­cles and also have op­tional side airbags and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol.

The safety of vans is likely to be­come more of an is­sue in the next few years with em­ploy­ers putting more em­pha­sis on pro­tect­ing work­ers in ve­hi­cles in line with oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety poli­cies.

Re­nault Kan­goo: Earns four stars when fit­ted with front airbags

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