Chinese Haval SUV receives 4-star crash test rating

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H9 frontal offset test at ANCAP

The Great Wall Haval has disappointed Australian crash test technicians with poor frontal offset results leading to a 4-star ANCAP rating.

Having scored well in side impact testing and whiplash protection assessments, the Great Wall Haval H9 SUV (4×4) model went on to show poor results in the frontal offset crash test. Some risk existed of the driver receiving serious chest injuries as well as having just marginal protection for the lower legs.

This disappointing performance in the frontal offset test resulted in the Haval H9 receiving just four stars from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), which covers the markets of Australia and New Zealand.

According to ANCAP, since the publishing of new car crash testing results, local markets have come to expect 5-star performance from cars being sold there and so the Haval H9 falls below market expectations in this respect.

Commenting on the Haval H9 results, ANCAP’s James Goodwin said, “This is the first rating for the Haval brand in Australia following its entry to the local market last year and the first independent safety rating for the H9 in the world.”

Mr Goodwin went on to say that since the H9 is being sold as a premium product from the best selling brand from China, the expectations are that it would have better crash performance and more advanced active safety features than it has.

“The Large SUV category is extremely competitive and there are now 5 star options from almost all brands at varying price points. It’s hoped this process draws new entrants’ attention to the importance of safety and a 5 star rating in Australia,” Mr Goodwin continued.

The H9 comes equipped as standard with side head-protecting (curtain) air bags for all three rows of seats, reversing collision avoidance and fatigue detection.  However, it lacks autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning systems.

The H9 offers a reasonable level of protection for pedestrians with a score of ‘Acceptable’ but, as with occupant protection, falls short of market expectations and current technology available.

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