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Kez Casey | May 25, 2017

The latest round of crash testing from the Australasian New Car Assesment Program Program (ANCAP) has revealed two new five-star recipients with the 2017 Subaru XV and Holden Astra Sedan scoring top marks.

Crash test data for the Subaru XV mirrors the results of the structurally identical Subaru Impreza on which it is based, which was tested by ANCAP in 2016 meaning an overall protection score of 35.8 out of 37 possible points.

The XV also received a ‘good’ rating for pedestrian protection and whiplash protection. Autonomous Emergency Braking is also available on the three higher-grade XV models, but not on the entry level XV 2.0i.

Subaru Impreza crash test
Subaru Impreza crash test


Standard safety features common to all XV models include seven airbags, electronic stability control, hill descent control, and a rear view camera with extra equipment on the 2.0i-L and above, extending Subaru’s EyeSight camera system which adds autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist.

The Holden Astra Sedan also underwent testing separate to its hatch equivalent owing to its slightly different structure and unique Korean production location, according ANCAP. Overall the Astra Sedan scored 34.94 out of 37 possible points.

The four-door Astra received a ‘good’ rating for whiplash protection and an ‘acceptable’ pedestrian protection rating. Holden does not offer autonomous emergency braking on the Astra Sedan range.



The Astra sedan will launch in Australia with six airbags, stability control, front seatbelt pretensioners, and a rear view camera, with optional lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring for the base model. Holden Eye camera assist provides forward collision warning but doesn’t extend to autonomous braking.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.

To reflect ANCAP’s view on autonomous braking as an essential safety addition the 2018 criteria will be updated to prevent cars not available with the feature from scoring five stars.

“As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB system fitted as standard,” Mr Goodwin explained.

Both the Subaru XV and Holden Astra Sedan will be available in Australia from June.

MORE: Holden | Subaru | Safety | ANCAP

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