2016 Kia Sportage ANCAP crash test-01

In the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), the Kia Sportage, Jaguar XF, Holden Spark and Skoda Superb have all received five-star crash safety ratings. The latest results were released by the safety body today.

The Kia Sportage bagged an overall score of 34.62 out of 37. “The Sportage performed well in testing and includes emergency brake assist, hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance as standard but unfortunately Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is only offered on the most expensive variant,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin.

The Jaguar XF meanwhile, saw its ratings sourced from Euro NCAP. It scored a total of 92% for adult occupant protection, 82% for child occupant protection, 80% for pedestrian protection and 86% for its safety assist tech. It gained full points for its electronic stability control, seatbelt reminder and lane support systems, and managed 2.49 out of three for autonomous emergency braking.

2016 Jaguar XF ANCAP crash test-01

“The XF has a high standard of safety features buyers would expect in this sort of vehicle including AEB City and Interurban. It scored the highest pedestrian rating of ‘Good’ and is fitted with an active bonnet,” Goodwin said of the XF. The five-star rating applies to all Jaguar XF variants.

Having just been introduced in the Australasian market on March 2016, the Holden (Chevrolet) gained an overall score of 33.6 out of 37. Although described as a “big improvement” over the model it replaces, the Spark lacked “more advanced safety features such as a lane support system which was standard on its European counterpart,” Goodwin stated.

Furthermore, the report noted that “there were concerns about unprotected stiff structures in the steering column and instrument panel but there were no knee contact marks, resulting in no deductions for knee hazards being applied.”

Meanwhile, the results for the Skoda Superb were also sourced from Euro NCAP. It scored 86% for adult occupant protection and child occupant protection, 71% for pedestrian protection and 76% for its safety assist tech. The rating applies to all two-wheel drive variants, including the Combi (wagon) variant.

“The updated Superb introduced a driver knee airbag as standard and also has AEB City and Interurban along with numerous other safety assist technologies,” Goodwin said of the Superb’s ratings.