Just ahead of its local launch, ANCAP have published their test results for the all-new Land Rover Discovery. The third all-new generation (despite the outgoing model was actually called the Discovery 4) of the big British luxury SUV was unveiled last year at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and arrived in our region in May when it began being sold in New Zealand.
Reassuringly, the Discovery took a full 5-star score, comprising of a very impressive 90 percent for Adult Occupant Protection, an 80 percent for Child Occupant Protection, and a 75 percent for Pedestrian Protection. Meanwhile, its included list of Safety Assist features and equipment nabbed a 73 percent rating.
Of note, the spread of airbags include head-protecting side curtain inflators for all three rows of occupants. And as standard, the Discovery is fitted with Lane Departure Warning and a comprehensively specified Autonomous Emergency Braking system, able to independently stop the vehicle in the event of an emergency quicker than the driver can react in either City or Interurban environments as well as preventing accidents with ‘Vulnerable Road Users’ such as pedestrians and cyclists.
ANCAP’s Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin, said on the result: The Discovery earned its 5 star safety rating showing strengths in structure, design and equipment. Crash test dummy readings indicated good levels of protection of all critical body regions in the side impact test as well as the more severe side pole test,”
“Protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and passenger in the frontal offset test was also good. There was however insufficient pressure in the driver’s airbag which saw the dummy’s head contact the steering wheel and a penalty was applied in the scoring.”