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Trevor Collett | Oct 6, 2016

A trio of compact SUVs has undergone safety testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), with each earning the maximum 5-star rating.

The three models are the BMW X1, the Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen’s Tiguan.

ANCAP said all three performed well in the physical crash test, but the Europeans (Tiguan and X1) excelled due to their collision-avoidance technologies.

“The new Tiguan provides high and low speed autonomous emergency braking technology (AEB) and an active lane support system that helps correct deviation if the car drifts out of lane,” ANCAP CEP, James Goodwin, said.

“These technologies are standard across the Tiguan range.”

“The X1 is also equipped as standard with AEB and goes one step further with an AEB system which can detect and brake for pedestrians. This is coupled with a pop-up bonnet which provides additional impact clearance.”

Jeep Renegade
Jeep Renegade

Mr Goodwin said that while the Renegade lacked the active safety features of the BMW and Volkswagen, the small SUV offered “good structural performance in a range of crash scenarios”.

Under ANCAP’s date-stamping policy - which reflects the criteria under which each model was tested - the Volkswagen and Jeep models are date-stamped “tested 2016”, while the BMW gets a 2015 stamp.

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