A slew of new European SUVs have been awarded five-star safety ratings by independent crash-testing authority ANCAP this week – including the Audi Q2 and Q5, Mini Countryman and Skoda Kodiaq.
Both the Audi Q2 and Q5 received praise for their autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems, which operate at speeds of up to 85km/h and feature pedestrian detection technology.
In terms of points, the Q2 achieved 35.55 out of 38 for adult occupant protection (93 per cent) while the larger Q5 scored slightly higher at 35.67 out of 38 (93 per cent).
The Q2’s rating applies to all variants, as does the Q5’s – also extending to the performance-oriented SQ5 – though their scores are carried over from sister organisation Euro NCAP.
Meanwhile, the recently-launched Mini Countryman improved on its predecessor’s four-star rating, thanks to improvements to the vehicle’s structure along with standard safety systems like AEB with pedestrian protection and speed sign recognition. Again, the Countryman’s rating and 34.35/38 (90 per cent) adult protection score is based on Euro NCAP crash tests.
Finally, the Skoda Kodiaq scored 35.25 out of 38 (92 per cent), earning it a full five-star rating, thanks to its inclusion of AEB, multi-collision braking and speed limiter as standard equipment. The seven-seat Skoda’s five-star rating is also based on Euro NCAP testing.
“Consumers should be buoyed by these ratings which show brands are keeping pace with increasing safety standards,” said James Goodwin, CEO of ANCAP.