The Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) has awarded the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback with a five-star safety rating, applicable to all petrol and hybrid versions sold in Australia and New Zealand.

Among the standard safety features on all variants of the Corolla hatch are seven airbags (front, side, curtain and driver’s knee), autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and lane departure warning.

In the adult occupant protection category, the Corolla managed to score an impressive 36.60 out of 38 points (96%), with full points in the side impact and oblique pole tests (eight out of eight).

As for other individual tests, the model got 7.31 out of eight points in the frontal offset and 7.57 out of eight points in the full width frontal tests. ANCAP notes that the passenger compartment remained stable with ‘Good’ levels of protection for critical body areas of front passengers.

The autonomous emergency braking system also showed ‘Good’ performance in low-speed test scenarios typical of city driving, warranting a full score (four out of four) in AEB-City.

Moving on, the Corolla garnered 40.91 out of 49 points (83%) in child occupant protection, with a ‘Good’ score for protection offered to body regions of six- and 10-year-old dummies.

With many advance safety systems being fitted as standard, the hatchback scored well in the safety assist category with 9.90 out of 13 points (76%). Tests of the AEB system showed ‘Good’ performance in highway scenarios, with an ‘Adequate’ result given to lane support systems.

Finally, the vulnerable road user protection category, which analyses an impact with pedestrians, saw the Corolla receive 41.37 out of 48 points (86%). ANCAP praised the AEB system’s ability to detect pedestrians and cyclists in both daylight and night-time conditions. The car’s bonnet also provided mostly ‘Good’ or ‘Adequate’ protection to the head, with ‘Good’ results in upper and lower leg impacts.

“The safety improvements provided in this generation of the Corolla are a significant step forward. The Corolla is a trusted nameplate and Australia and New Zealand’s highest selling passenger car, so it is encouraging to see this affordable, volume-seller continue to achieve a high safety standard,” said ANCAP chief executive, James Goodwin.

“Mainstream models, like the Corolla, are now offering advanced speed assistance systems which can read road signs. These systems are the building blocks for automation, and convey the need for vehicle brands, regulators and infrastructure providers to work together to see safety and efficiency benefits realised,” he added.