ANCAP has awarded the 2020 Ford Escape a five-star safety rating on the basis of left-hand-drive model testing by European partner Euro NCAP, with local models of the vehicle scoring well across each of the company’s four key areas of assessment.
“Australian SUV buyers expect a high level of safety technology in their vehicles, along with an easy to understand safety system to assist with their new vehicle choices, which is why we’re very pleased to announce that the all-new Escape has achieved a five-star rating from ANCAP,” said Andrew Birkic, President and CEO of Ford Australia and New Zealand. “The all-new Escape has a comprehensive set of driver assist technologies as standard, such as AEB [autonomous emergency braking] with pedestrian detection and evasive steering assist. We’re proud that our driver assist technologies not only support the safety of an Escape’s driver and passengers, but also other road users.”
“Prioritising not only the protection of its occupants, the active collision avoidance safety systems fitted to all variants of the Ford Escape saw it achieve a high score of 82 per cent for the protection of vulnerable road users,” said Rhianne Robson, Director – Communications and Advocacy at ANCAP. “The Escape also scored well in ANCAP’s three other key areas of assessment against 2019 criteria with scores of 92 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 89 per cent for Child Occupant Protection and 77 per cent for Safety Assist.
“Close to full points were scored for its ability to detect and avoid or mitigate collisions with pedestrians and cyclists across a range of day-time and night-time scenarios through its standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system.”