Ahead of its Australian launch debut in the third quarter of 2016, the Infiniti Q30 has been awarded with a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). In December last year, the active compact hatchback received the same number of stars from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).

According to the assessment programme’s report, the Q30 mirrors the Euro NCAP score it obtained in adult occupant protection – 32.12 out of a possible 38 points. As for child occupant protection, the hatchback scored 42.22 out of a possible 49 points.

The Q30 also performed well in the area of pedestrian protection with an overall score of 32.97 out of a possible 36, achieving a ‘Good’ rating through the assistance of an active bonnet which is a standard feature. On the downside, the Q30 didn’t fare so well for whiplash protection, with ‘Marginal’ and ‘Poor’ ratings given to front and rear occupants respectively.

Other standard features include the inclusion of both low- and high-speed autonomous emergency braking (AEB) across the range. “Physical crash performance is important, but avoiding a crash is what we’re aiming for. It’s pleasing to see Infiniti provide AEB standard for the Australian market,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.

“The list of standard safety assist technologies for this premium brand is however shorter than expected with blind spot monitoring (BMS), adaptive cruise control (ACC), and lane support systems (LSS) offered only on higher-specified variants,” he added.

The Q30 was first unveiled during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and shares many components with the Mercedes A-/GLA-Class. This includes the car’s platform and engine, with the latter available in 1.6 and 2.0 version, depending on market. The Q30 also features the company’s InTouch touchscreen infotainment system and an upmarket interior.

GALLERY: Infiniti Q30