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Kez Casey | Jun 1, 2017

Australian crash safety authority, ANCAP, has released its latest test results for four new European SUVs, each of which walks away with a five-star safety rating.

The Mini Countryman, Audi Q2, Audi Q5, and Skoda Kodiaq were all tested overseas by Euro NCAP, with technical data adjusted to suit local specifications. In the case of the Countryman, the score applied to Cooper D models only, while the Kodiaq is only rated for all-wheel drive variants.

Somewhat confusingly, three of the four vehicles were tested to 2017 ANCAP criteria, with the Audi Q2 tested to 2016 requirements in line with its European introduction.

The Audi Q2 scored 35.6 out of 38 points for adult occupant protection, 42.4 out of 49 points for child occupant protection and 29.6 out of 42 point for pedestrian protection. As a result, the Q2 provided ‘good’ or ‘adequate’ protection in frontal and offset crashes.

Audi Q2
Audi Q2

The Q2 is sold in Australia with six airbags, a reversing camera, autonomous emergency braking, front and rear outboard seatbelt pretensioners, a speed limiter and electronic stability control standard, with blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control optionally available.

The larger Audi Q5 scored 35.67 out of 38 points for adult occupant protection, 42.33 out of 49 points for child occupant protection, and 30.98 out of 42 for pedestrian protection. Frontal and offset test results yielded good or adequate results, with a ‘marginal’ result for the pole impact test.

Audi Q5
Audi Q5

The Q5 comes with standard front airbags, thorax airbags for front and rear seats, plus head protecting curtain airbags as well as front and rear outboard seatbelt pretensioners, an active bonnet, speed limiter, autonomous emergency braking, driver fatigue detection, blind spot monitoring, and electronic stability control.

The Mini Countryman test results revealed a 34.35 out of 38 point adult occupant rating, 39.32 out of 49 points for child occupant protection, and 27.23 out of 42 points for pedestrian protection. The full width frontal test revealed acceptable driver chest protection while the frontal offset test identified marginal driver chest protection.

The Countryman’s standard safety kit includes dual front airbags, front seat thorax airbags and full-length curtain airbags, along with front and rear outboard seatbelt pretensioners, an active bonnet, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, speed limiter, and speed sign recognition.

Away from the prestige end of the market, the Skoda Kodiaq SUV was awarded 35.26 out of 38 points for adult occupant protection, 38.21 out of 49 points for child occupant protection, and 26.06 out of 42 points for pedestrian protection. A marginal chest protection rating for the driver was given in both the full width frontal and offset frontal crash tests, with a good rating applied to the pole test.

Skoda Kodiaq
Skoda Kodiaq

The Kodiaq includes standard electronic stability control, speed limiter, fatigue monitoring, autonomous emergency braking, seatbelt pretensioners for outboard seats in the front and middle row, plus a driver’s knee airbag, dual front airbag, front and middle row side airbags and full-length curtain airbags.

“Consumers should be buoyed by these ratings which show brands are keeping pace with increasing safety standards,” ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said.

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