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ANCAP has given the Kia EV6, Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan) and Volkswagen Multivan PHEV (on sale in New Zealand) a five-star maximum safety rating. All three models have been tested against the more stringent ANCAP 2020-2022 testing requirements.

The recently launched battery-electric EV6 scored well in all key elements of the review, with all single- and dual-motor variants receiving a five-star rating. ANCAP said the Kia model scored full marks for the driver – in both the side impact and oblique pole tests – and for child occupants in the frontal offset test.

Marginal performance was, however, recorded for the driver’s chest and lower leg in the frontal offset test (MPDB).

The EV6 scored 90% for adult occupant protection, 88% for safety assistance systems, 87% for child occupant protection, but only 64% in the Protection of Vulnerable Road Users section of the assessment.

“The Kia EV6 is equipped with the range of collision avoidance systems we’ve come to expect in today’s five-star cars, and it performed particularly well for its ability to prevent collisions with cyclists and oncoming vehicles in avoidance tests simulating intersection turns,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class also got good overall scores. Full points were awarded to the driver and rear passenger in the full-width frontal test; the three-spoke Etoile’s midsize sedan is the only vehicle to achieve this full score against the 2020-2022 criteria.

Good levels of performance were recorded in all car-to-car AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) test scenarios, including the ‘Benz’s ability to avoid or mitigate a collision when crossing the vehicle’s path. an oncoming vehicle. ANCAP said the C-Class only passed adequate performance in tests of its AEB pedestrian detection system.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class (sedan) ultimately scored 91% for adult occupant protection, 90% for child occupant protection, 84% for safety assistance systems and 80% for vulnerable road users.

“The C-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be tested against ANCAP’s 2020-2022 protocols, and it did not disappoint,” Ms. Hoorweg said.

Finally, the Volkswagen Multivan plug-in hybrid variant – introduced in New Zealand this month – is the fourth people-carrying vehicle assessed under ANCAP’s 2020-2022 protocols.

Two front and side thorax protection airbags and side head protection airbags (for the first, second and third rows of seats) are fitted as standard in the Multivan PHEV. A center airbag, which provides additional protection for front seat occupants in the event of a side collision, is also standard equipment.

“As the first PHEV people mover to be assessed by ANCAP, it is pleasing to see that Volkswagen has provided a safe and environmentally friendly option for its customers,” Ms. Hoorweg said.

The Multivan PHEV scored 90% for adult occupant protection and 79% for safety assistance systems, but only 69% for vulnerable road user protection.

Additionally, ANCAP awarded the Multivan PHEV an 89% score in the area of ​​child occupant protection with full points scored for the 10- and 6-year-old child dummies in the frontal offset and damper tests. side impact.

However, during the angled pole test, points were deducted because one of the VW’s side curtain airbags detached from the clips intended to secure it to the roof rail. As a result, the score for this category has been downgraded from Good to Adequate.

“Today’s results demonstrate that models across a range of market segments, brands and powertrains can continue to achieve the highest levels of safety for Australian and New Zealand consumers,” concluded Mrs Hoorweg.