The all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1 and Jeep Renegade have been awarded five-star ANCAP ratings.

THE VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN has received a five-star ANCAP rating, along with the BMW X1 and Jeep Renegade. The Tiguan’s rating was based on Euro NCAP testing and applies to all-wheel drive models only; according to ANCAP’s score sheet, “front-wheel drive variants are unrated”.

The Tiguan scored well in the conventional collision tests, realising 36.66 out of 38, 41.54 out of 49 for child occupant protection and 8.19 out of 12 for its safety assist systems, including autonomous emergency braking. It realised 26.09 out of 42 for pedestrian protection.

 “The new Tiguan provides high and low speed autonomous emergency braking technology (AEB) and an active lane support system that helps correct deviation if the car drifts out of lane. These technologies are standard across the Tiguan range,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin.

The BMW X1’s five-star rating was also based on Euro NCAP testing and applies to both all-wheel and front-wheel drive models. The X1 fell shy of the Tiguan realising 34.48 out of 38 for its general collision performance, 43.00 out of 49 for child occupant protection, 9.13 out of 13 for its safety assist systems and 26.74 out of 36 for pedestrian protection.

“The X1 is also equipped as standard with AEB and goes one step further with an AEB system which can detect and brake for pedestrians. This is coupled with a pop-up bonnet which provides additional impact clearance,” said Goodwin.

Like the other two SUVs, the Jeep Renegade’s score was also based on Euro NCAP testing from 2014 but only applies to Renegade models built after May 2016 when rear seatbelt reminders became standard fitment. It realised a total score of 36.41 out of 37 which is incredibly impressive. The rating only applies to front-wheel drive variants, but the score seems out of step with ANCAP’s public comments that the Renegade’s lack of active safety features is “an obvious omission”.

“The Renegade offers good structural performance in a range of crash scenarios but when compared with other SUVs the lack of active safety technologies as standard is an obvious omission.”

If you’ve been reading this article closely and looking at the scoring system you’ll notice that the numbers don’t exactly match up on all the vehicles that ANCAP’s released ratings for. Practical Motoring is seeking clarification from ANCAP as to why the ‘out of’ numbers are different across different models. Stay tuned.

Update: So, we spoke with ANCAP which provided the following explanation: “ANCAP will be joining with Euro NCAP in adopting a common protocol for the testing and publication of safety ratings across Australian, New Zealand and European markets from 1 January 2018.  In the lead-up to this, we are in a period of transition (2015-2017) whereby ANCAP safety ratings are published based on either Euro NCAP tests and scoring methodology or ANCAP tests and scoring methodology. 

“Looking at today’s release of ratings, the Tiguan and X1 follow the Euro NCAP method; the Renegade, the ANCAP method,” ANCAP said.


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