Fa­mous four get five stars

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

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.

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