In its latest round of testing, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the Haval H2 with a five-star safety rating. The safety rating for the H2 applies to models sold in Australia from October 2015, and New Zealand from August 2017.

In the frontal offset test, the H2 scored 13.88 out of 16 points, with protection for the driver’s head and neck rated as good, while the chest and legs were rated acceptable. Meanwhile, the SUV aced the side impact test with a full 16 out of 16 points, as well as the whiplash protection test (two out of two points).

As for the pedestrian protection test, the H2 score 23.79 out of 36 points for an acceptable rating. The vehicle’s bonnet and bumper provided largely good or acceptable protection to the head of a struck pedestrian. However, upper leg impacts showed predominantly poor results.

For the Australian market, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), ABS, EBD and ESC all come as standard. These items can also be found on the H2 sold in Malaysia, which was recently introduced in locally-assembled (CKD) form this year.

“Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored four stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching five stars through increased levels of occupant protection,” said James Goodwin, chief executive officer at ANCAP.