Honda’s overachieving Honda HR-V has added yet another accolade to its list of wins, this time by securing the maximum five stars in Australia and New Zealand’s ANCAP.
A closer look at its detailed scores revealed that the relatively compact HR-V outperformed larger SUVs from one class above it.
The HR-V scored 15.21 points out of a maximum score of 16.00 in the frontal offset collision test, while the pole impact and side impact tests were passed with perfect 2/2 and 16.00/16.00 scores respectively.
In comparison, the larger Nissan X-Trail scored 14.68 for frontal offset, while the recently launched Hyundai Tucson scored only 11.46. The outgoing generation Kia Sportage scored 15.10 (the all-new Sportage has yet to be launched).
The HR-V’s impressive performance in ANCAP comes after a similar five-star rating by the ASEAN NCAP (on models with VSA and seatbelt reminder only).
However it should be noted that ANCAP has a different scoring methodology from ASEAN NCAP. Advanced driver’s assistance systems (ADAS) are required for a five-star rating from ANCAP, so the Australian market HR-V comes with Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning features. Both features are not available in HR-V models sold in our region.
In any case, the HR-V’s passive safety systems still outperformed several larger SUVs, as demonstrated in the HR-V’s higher scores for frontal offset collision. In fact, the frontal offset test was conducted using a Thailand specifications HR-V, at ASEAN NCAP’s PC3 lab in Melaka. ANCAP and ASEAN NCAP have collaborations to share applicable test data.