2017 Toyota C-HR scores 5 Star ANCAP rating, but…
The newly launched 2017 Toyota C-HR has scored a 5 star ANCAP rating but ANCAP is disappointed Australian variants don’t get the European-spec AEB system.
THE NEW TOYOTA C-HR has scored a 5 star ANCAP rating after being tested by Euro NCAP (Australia will move to adopt Euro NCAP testing from 2018).
The C-HR scored 33.18 out of 38 for Adult Occupant Protection, 38.03 out of 49 for Child Occupant Protection, and 27.44 out of 42 for Pedestrian Protection. Interestingly, the C-HR almost line-balls the recently slammed Ford Mustang for Pedestrian Protection which scored 27.0 out of 42. However, it was roundly beaten by the BMW X1 which was tested in October 2016. Sure, the BMW is more expensive, but it achieved 34.5 out of 38 for Adult Occupant Protection, 43.0 out of 49 for Child Occupant Protection, and 26.7 out of 36 for Pedestrian Protection. This highlights the spread of scores that can still result in a 5 star rating.
Read our Australian first drive of the new Toyota C-HR.
According to ANCAP, the C-HR could have scored higher in its Pedestrian Protection rating had Australian models adopted the same AEB system as those being sold in Europe, which is able to recognise pedestrians as well as objects like vehicles.
“It is disappointing though that the AEB system on C-HR models supplied to our market is not as advanced as the system fitted to European models where it can detect pedestrians,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin.
That said, the 5 star rating is good news for buyers as it shows that car makers are able to cram advanced systems into compact vehicles at a price point that doesn’t break the bank.
“The C-HR is an example of an affordable model which meets high levels of safety in all areas of assessment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin.
“As a new entrant in the competitive Compact SUV segment, top safety credentials are a must if it is to win consumer sales, and it is encouraging to see key safety features provided as standard.”
“We’re continually raising the bar, and vehicle brands which keep pace will be rewarded with our 5 star stamp,” he added.