5 stars for new SUV

The Bay Chronicle - - MOTORING -

Due to hit the New Zealand mar­ket by May this year, Toy­ota’s lat­est of­fer­ing is a com­pact SUV – the C-HR – which re­ceived a 5 star safety rat­ing from the Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gramme (ANCAP).

The ANCAP rat­ing is based on tests con­ducted by Euro NCAP which re­veal a solid per­for­mance across all ar­eas un­der re­view, adult, child and pedes­trian pro­tec­tion along with a solid suite of safety as­sist and crash pre­ven­tion tech­nol­ogy on board.

Dur­ing the crash tests, which in­clude frontal off­set, full width frontal and pole the C-HR demon­strated good cabin in­tegrity with well con­trolled dis­place­ments for the foot ped­als and steer­ing wheel.

There was a light risk of se­ri­ous chest in­jury for both the driver and rear pas­sen­ger in the full width frontal test. Max­i­mum pro­tec­tion was pro­vided in the side im­pact and pole tests.

The C-HR also comes equipped with a set of safety fea­tures that, un­til re­cently, were more com­mon on lux­ury brands in­clud­ing a lane sup­port sys­tem, emer­gency brake as­sist and au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing along with adap­tive cruise con­trol.

AA spokesman Liam Bald­win says while the Toy­ota C-HR is not the most spa­cious com­pact SUV in the seg­ment, it ticks a lot of boxes on the safety front.

‘‘Too of­ten we’re dis­ap­pointed that ve­hi­cles re­leased in our mar­ket don’t boast the same level of safety fea­tures as those sold over­seas,’’ Mr Bald­win says.

‘‘While there are a cou­ple of fea­tures in­cluded on Euro­pean vari­ants of the C-HR that won’t make it to our mar­ket, Toy­ota has en­sured it’s not let­ting us down.’’

Bald­win says while good cabin in­tegrity is es­sen­tial in a crash, safety as­sist tech­nol­ogy plays a huge part in help­ing driv­ers to ei­ther com­pletely pre­vent one or to min­imise harm if it be­comes un­avoid­able.

‘‘Over­all, ve­hi­cles are reach­ing higher safety stan­dards which is great for those in the new car mar­ket, but also ben­e­fits those who buy them sec­ond hand in the next two or three years.’’

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