The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has handed out 5-star safety ratings to all models in its latest round of crash testing.
The Volkswagen Polo, Lexus IS and Lexus CT 200h all came up trumps, achieving the maximum 5-star safety rating.
The 2014 Polo was first unveiled in January, adding Post-Collision Braking System as standard equipment along with Driver Alert and Front Assist with City Emergency Braking and Automatic Cruise Control as optional extras.
A new Sport Select suspension system will also be available across the 2014 range, using electronically controlled dampers with two selectable settings.
Lexus is also backing up from previous 5-star ratings in both its CT 200h and IS models, which were last tested in 2011 and 2007 respectively.
The updated CT 200h arrived locally in April, and comes with standard reversing collision avoidance, emergency stop signal and a smart key which can be programmed to restrict certain operation of the vehicle, such as maximum speed.
The IS (models built from April 2013) achieved highly in both whiplash and pedestrian safety tests, featuring an ‘active’ bonnet designed to rise in a collision to add space between the engine and a pedestrian’s head.
All three models were criticised by ANCAP for failing to offer autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control on base variants.
The entry-level Polo also lacked fatigue detection and reversing collision avoidance, while the entry IS does without lane support and blind-spot monitoring.