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5-star safety rating for new Subaru XV and Holden Astra sedan

Buyers looking to get into a new Subaru XV or Holden Astra sedan will be happy to know that both vehicles have scored a full 5-star safety rating after facing ANCAP’s stringent crash and safety tests. This comes as good news as both cars launch in Australia this week.

The new Subaru XV achieved a “Good” pedestrian protection rating and a “Good” rating for whiplash protection. The Subaru XV offers autonomous emergency braking as standard equipment on the three higher XV variants, however, it is not available on the base variant. Autonomous emergency braking can assist the driver by braking automatically in a critical situation. The 5-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all Subaru XV variants.

The pedestrian protection rating for the Holden Astra sedan was “Acceptable” and its whiplash rating was “Good”. Autonomous emergency braking is not available on the Astra sedan.

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Mr James Goodwin, said:

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology.

“As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5-star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB (autonomous emergency braking system) fitted as standard.”

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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