Famous four get five stars
Four fancied European imported vehicles have been award five-star safety ratings from the independent Australian New Car Assessment Program, despite a few crash test blemishes.
The latest ratings on the new Audi Q5, Audi Q2, Skoda Kodiaq and Mini Countryman are based on tests by Euro NCAP but adopted by the Australian organisation on the grounds the cars are structurally nearly identical to those just launched in Australia.
ANCAP praised each of the models for the inclusion of safety technologies such as autonomous emergency brake – a feature that will become a mandatory requirement for a five-star rating from January 1.
However, the crash testing was not completely trouble free, with all four models copping a marginal score at some point.
Even the most expensive of the four, the Mexican-built Q5 medium SUV, lost points on the side pole crash test when the driver dummy recorded a marginal chest protection rating, getting 1.47 points out of a possible 4.0.
The Skoda Kodiaq, which arrives in Australian showrooms this month, was declared marginal in driver chest protection in both frontal crash tests – the full frontal and offset.
The Mini Countryman crossover came a little unstuck in chest protection, with the dummy driver in the frontal offset crash recording a marginal in chest protection.
However, the overall result was a major improvement on its predecessor which managed only four stars.