The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has released its latest round of safety ratings, which saw the Hyundai Ioniq, Volvo S90 and Audi A5 get the full five stars. In the same batch, the New Zealand-marked Hyundai i20 scored four stars in the crash test.

“A range of brands and vehicle categories are covered with these ratings and the majority performed very well across all areas of our assessment,” said ANCAP CEO James Goodwin.

“Autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and reversing collision avoidance are standard on all variants of the new hybrid model introduced by Hyundai – the Ioniq. Lane support systems and a manual speed limiter are also standard features adding to its top safety credentials,” he added.

The Ioniq scored 91% or 34.92 out of 38 points in the adult occupant protection (AOP) test, while child occupant protection (COP) saw 80% compliance, with 39.39 out of a possible 49 points. All the mentioned features are also available in the Malaysian-spec Hyundai Ioniq HEV Plus.

No surprises in the Volvo S90 or Audi A5 (Coupe and Sportback) achieving maximum stars, but ANCAP lamented the difference in safety spec across markets.

“The safety specification of S90 models sold locally does however differ to those sold in Europe with no driver knee airbag. Specification of the A5 also differs between Australia and New Zealand with adaptive cruise control and lane support systems provided as standard for New Zealand consumers yet optional for Australians. It is disappointing we continue to see this happen across brands,” Goodwin said.

“High scores were also achieved by the Audi A5 (AOP 89%, COP 87%) which is equipped with an ‘active’ bonnet and advanced AEB system which can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians,” the ANCAP chief noted.