Independent safety authority ANCAP has released the results of its latest batch of crash tests and safety evaluations, this time for the Honda CR-V and duo of Chinese entrants into the Australian market: the LDV T60 pick-up and Haval H2 SUV. Impressively, all ultimately scored a full 5-star rating.
Starting with the sole Japanese of the bunch, the CR-V was indeed heading for a very strong score, now confirmed by its overall 35.76 out of a possible 37 points, covering all variants of the Honda. It took at 14.76 out of 16 in the frontal offside test, yielding ‘Good’ injury outcomes for driver and passenger(s). Dual front, side chest, and curtain airbags are supplied as standard, but more advanced pre-collision tech such as Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) are only standard on more expensive grades.
The Haval H2 is the smallest vehicle in the SUV-specialised Chinese manufacturer’s current portfolio, and while it does lack AEB and lane support systems, its high score is derived from its good structure and deformation characteristics, yielding ‘Good’ injury protection for the passenger especially.
Dual front, side chest, and curtain airbags are standard, however, helping it achieve a 13.88 out of 16 for the frontal offside test and a full score in the side impact test. James Goodwin, ANCAP’s CEO, said: “Haval came close with its large SUV, the H9, which scored 4 stars when rated last year but the H2 improves on that rating, reaching 5 stars through increased levels of occupant protection.”
Finally, the LDV T60’s score comes as a big win for a ute that is entering a fiercely competitive market indeed. Lane support systems and blind spot monitoring are pleasant surprises to find in its repertoire, though only the more expensive grades offer them. AEB, though, isn’t available, but isn’t enough to keep it from taking a 5-star score with an overall of 35.46 out of 37, applying to all dual-cab 4WD variants.
“The LDV T60 dual cab enters the Australasian market this week with the 5 star rating it needs to gain sales traction in the highly competitive utility segment,” said Mr Goodwin. “This broadens the segment even further with added choice for safety-conscious consumers using their ute for work and weekends. The T60 performed well in our crash tests, although like all light commercial utes currently rated, it lacks autonomous emergency braking.”