Independent vehicle safety ratings for two Large SUVs have been released by vehicle safety authority, ANCAP. The new Holden Acadia and BMW X5 both score 5 star ANCAP safety ratings.
The Holden Acadia impressed across the range of assessment areas with high scores for Adult Occupant Protection (94 per cent), Child Occupant Protection (87 per cent), Vulnerable Road User Protection (74 per cent) and Safety Assist (86 per cent).
“These are impressive results and it is encouraging to see Holden offer such a strong safety performer in this competitive family SUV segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
The Acadia provides side head-protecting curtain airbags which extend to cover all three seating rows, and top tether anchorages are offered for all second and third row seating positions. A range of driver assistance technologies are provided as standard across all variants.
“The collision avoidance technologies fitted to the Acadia performed very well,” Goodwin said.
“Full points were scored in testing of its lane support systems, autonomously maintaining lane position within line markings as well as the un-marked road edge. The Acadia also intervened in overtaking scenarios, passing the more critical emergency lane keeping tests.”
Five star ANCAP safety ratings apply to all Acadia variants.
The new BMW X5 met all 5 star requirements, with its active safety systems showing strong performance in avoiding collisions with vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists. Emergency lane keeping functionality is not available.
“The X5’s autonomous emergency braking system scored close to full points across all test scenarios for the avoidance of pedestrians and cyclists in both daylight and night-time conditions.”
“Engineers noted concerns with the deployment of the knee airbag, and a penalty was applied against the test results of both the frontal offset and full width frontal tests. Areas of the dash were also identified as a potential source of injury for the driver’s knees, and penalties were applied,” Goodwin added.
The five star ANCAP safety rating for the BMW X5 is currently limited to 3.0 litre diesel variants as we await further information from the brand.