Following its recent five-star rating in JNCAP, the 2015 Subaru Outback and Subaru Liberty have been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

ON SALE IN JANUARY 2015 the 2015 Subaru Outback and Liberty have been awarded a five-star ANCAP safety rating, with all variants (sedan and wagon) sharing in the rating. According to ANCAP, both cars scored highly in all areas of physical crash test assessment and come with dual frontal, knee, side chest and head-protecting (curtain) airbags. Good performance was also recorded in the whiplash and pedestrian protection tests. It scored 35.99 out of 37, sitting just behind the 2014 Nissan Qashqai which scored 36.56 out of 37.

“Since 2007, Subaru has built a solid reputation for vehicle safety, with 5 star ANCAP safety ratings available across its fleet.  This continues today with these latest results,” said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

McIntosh added that he was particularly encouraged by the score achieved by the Outback and Liberty as they were both assessed under ANCAP’s “more stringent” 2015 requirements.

While the Outback and Liberty meet ANCAP’s requirements for the inclusion of safety assist technologies (SAT), Subaru’s collision avoidance system, EyeSight, and Attention Assist are offered only as cost options on the Outback (they are standard across the Liberty range).

Despite praising Subaru, McIntosh was critical of its decision not to include daytime running lights and tyre pressure monitoring as standard on Australian models. “It is good to see safety assist technologies becoming increasingly available, but ANCAP encourages Subaru, and all other manufacturers, to include these technologies as standard in all models and all markets.  We know Australians value safety very highly so the same safety features should be included as standard in all countries in which the cars are sold,” he said.


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