The Jaguar XE and Mercedes GLC are the latest cars to gain 5-star safety ratings from ANCAP for models sold in the Australasian market.
Having both gained “Best in Class” accolades for 2015 from Euro NCAP in awards announced by the European crash test and safety rating organisation earlier this month, both the small off-roader from Mercedes-Benz and Jaguar’s large family car have been awarded the top 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme organisation, ANCAP.
For both cars, the inclusion of advanced safety features as standard equipment combined with top class pedestrian protection contributed significantly to the rating they achieved. In Australia, according to the country’s Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), there was an increase in pedestrian fatalities of just under 8% in 2015 and so there’s a high interest in introducing improvements in vehicle technology to combat this rise.
According to ANCAP’s CEO, James Goodwin, these two cars are going some way to achieving that. “Both models achieved the highest pedestrian protection rating of ‘good’ and use technologies such as active bonnets to help reduce injuries to pedestrians,” he said.
In addition to pedestrian protection, the inclusion of advanced safety features for preventing or mitigating impact was also praised by Mr Goodwin. “These vehicles further demonstrate we are entering a new era of vehicle safety where the standard inclusion of safety assist technologies such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) will help to eliminate or reduce the severity of a crash,” he said.
Introduced into Australia and New Zealand last year, the Mercedes GLC provides local buyers with further options in a market where small and mid-sized off-road vehicles are popular. ANCAP sees this as a good choice from a safety perspective with standard Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard but commented on the absence of a standard lane keeping assistance feature on the model.
All variants of the Jaguar XE are included in the new rating and the car scored well in physical testing as well as the inclusion of standard advanced safety features including AEB.