Now into its eighth year on the global stage, the Patriot has nonetheless out-scored Great Wall’s V-Series pickup, which was today given a 3-Star rating in single-cab V200 diesel form.
The V-Series pickups have been on sale in China as the ‘Wingle’ since 2006, but the range first debuted in Australia four years later in 2010. The petrol V240, tested in 2009 in dual-cab form, continues on a 2-star rating.
Importantly, both the V200 and Patriot have been tested to ANCAP's 2011 standard (as shown in the above image), due to the age of both models.
Safety features in both the single- and dual-cab models are limited to antilock brakes and dual front airbags. Electronic stability control (ESC) remains unavailable.
Announcing the results today, ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh again railed against the standard of safety in the ‘light commercial vehicle’ (LCV) segment.
"Today's two ratings highlight the differences we're still seeing between passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles,” he said.
"LCVs are still being afforded regulatory concessions when it comes to safety but there is no reason why LCVs should be built to lesser standards than passenger cars.”
Mr McIntosh said that while some 90 percent of new passenger vehicles sold year-to-date carry a 5-Star rating, only 55 percent of LCVs met the same standard.
Electronic stability control is not yet required for LCVs sold in Australia (although the federal government last year confirmed plans to mandate its introduction), but a number of carmakers now include their technology as standard equipment.
As for the hero of this story, the Patriot's 5-Star rating applies to 4x2 models, with safety features including Dual frontal, side chest and side head airbags (curtains).
Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. An advanced seat belt reminder is fitted to the driver seat.
ANCAP's report shows that the Patriot achieved 'acceptable' results in the the frontal offset crash test, with a slight risk of serious chest injury recorded in the side impact test. Head protection in the side pole test was rated at 'good'.