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Five-Star ANCAP For Australian Market Honda HR-V

Hans December 4, 2015 12:47

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. 

About Hans

As someone who appreciates cars not just for their horsepower value but also for their cultural significance, he is interested in the art of manufacturing and selling cars just as much as driving them. Prior to swapping spread sheets for a word processor, he spent his previous life in product planning and market research.


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