The New Car Assessment Programme for South East Asia (ASEAN NCAP) has released the first crash test result under its new 2017 protocol, with the Honda CR-V bagging a five-star safety rating.

Under the new system, which accords a maximum of 50% for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), 25% for Child Occupant Protection (COP) and 25% for Safety Assist Technologies (SAT), the new family-oriented SUV gets 47.25% for AOP, 22.84% for COP and 18.71% for SAT, resulting in an overall score of 88.80%.

Looking in closer detail to its AOP score, the CR-V receives a frontal impact score of 14.76 points out of 16, and a full 16 points for side impact protection. It also scores 3.26 points out of four for Head Protection Technology (HPT), or curtain airbag coverage, so overall it gets 34.02 points out of a maximum of 36.

In terms of COP, the scores are 15.65 points out of 16 for frontal impact, a full eight points for side impact and 11.11 points out of 12 for ease of child seat installation, and 10 points out of 13 for a vehicle-based assessment for fitment, for a total score of 44.78 out of 49.

Lastly, the CR-V gets 13.47 points out of 18 for SAT, including a full eight points for Effective Braking and Avoidance (EBA) tech such as ABS and stability control (it gets both as standard across the region) and three points out of six for seat belt reminders (it only has them at the front).

It also receives 0.47 points out of two for blind spot monitoring (LaneWatch is available, but only on the passenger side) and a full two points for Advanced SATs such as autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and a driver attention monitor, all of which are available on the CR-V.

The car tested is a Thai-spec 2.4 EL model with seven seats. In Thailand and Malaysia, all CR-V variants come as standard with six airbags, ABS, stability control, front seat belt pre-tensioners and front seat belt reminders, with our top-of-the-line 1.5 Turbo Premium 2WD also getting the full suite of Honda Sensing driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist.