ANCAP has awarded a four-star safety rating to Honda HR-V petrol and hybrid variants, and a five-star safety rating to petrol variants of the BMW X1. The electric variant, iX1, remains unrated.
ANCAP said the HR-V fell short of five stars in two of the four key areas of assessment – child occupant protection and safety assist. A weak head protection score was recorded for the 10-year-old child in the side impact test, and occupancy detection for rear seating positions and driver fatigue monitoring are not available. Good scores were recorded for the HR-V’s lane-keeping and forward-travel autonomous emergency braking ability, but AEB reverse functionality is not available.
According to ANCAP, the X1 performed “respectably” across all four key areas of assessment. However, weak performance was recorded for protection of the chest of the driver in the frontal offset test, while the chest of the rear passenger in the full-width test was assessed as marginal. The X1’s ability to avoid or mitigate a crash with pedestrians and cyclists through its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system when travelling forwards was rated as good. The AEB system, however, does not react to pedestrians in reverse.
ANCAP also conducted additional testing to review safety-related updates to the Isuzu D-Max and its partner models, the Isuzu MU-X and Mazda BT-50. D-Max, MU-X and BT-50 vehicles built from July 2022 feature changes to the design of the driver knee airbag and instrument panel that offer improved safety performance. These changes resulted in adjustment to the adult occupant protection scores, and a revised 2022 date stamp now applies, reconfirming the five-star ratings all the vehicles previously had.
“ANCAP encourages safety improvements as part of mid-life vehicle upgrades to ensure consumers are provided improved levels of safety,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer Carla Hoorweg. “It is important that vehicle manufacturers consider safety-related updates along with updates to other performance, aesthetic and convenience aspects during the life of a model.”