The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has handed out top marks all round for the latest group to undergo safety testing, awarding the maximum 5-star rating to four new cars.
Furthermore, all variants from each of the four new models are covered by the 5-star rating - except the Skoda Superb.
Only front-wheel-drive variants of the Superb sedan and wagon have been assessed at this stage and awarded the 5-star rating, with all-wheel-drive models yet to be reviewed by ANCAP.
The new Superb features a driver’s knee airbag as standard, along with numerous other safety-assist technologies - including autonomous emergency braking ‘City and Interurban’.
The Program praised the four new models for achieving a 5-star safety rating - singling out the Spark in particular for its improvement over the previous model but calling for more standard safety features.
“The updated Spark is a big improvement on the model it replaces but it is lacking in more advanced safety features, such as a lane support system which was standard on its European counterpart,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said.
“The Sportage performed well in testing and includes emergency brake assist, hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance as standard, but unfortunately autonomous emergency braking is only offered on the most expensive variant.”
Mr Goodwin said the Jaguar XF scored the highest-possible pedestrian safety rating of ‘good’, with the model carrying a high standard of safety features.