In the “toughest” set of tests yet, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have awarded the new Volvo XC40 compact SUV and equally-new Mazda CX-8 7-seater top marks after both cars performed exceptionally well in the latest round of crash testing.
Notably, the Swede scored a 97% protection score for adults, 84% for kids, 71% for pedestrian safety, and 78% in driver assistance. With the tests themselves carried out by EuroNCAP, the XC40 featured kit like cyclist & pedestrian detection, lane-keep aid and blind-spot monitoring, and all of its ADAS features were subject to thorough testing before the driver assistance score was awarded.
“The XC40 performed well across all areas of assessment, offering emergency lane keeping functionality and the full range of autonomous emergency braking systems. ” — James Goodwin, CEO, ANCAP
The new CX-8 also scored rather well, coming very close to the Volvo in all areas. The Mazda managed a 96% adult passenger protection score, whereas child protection was rated at 87%. Pedestrian protection was given a 72% score whereas safety assistance was given a 73% rating.
“Good levels of performance were achieved by the CX-8 in the area of Child Occupant Protection, with our assessment engineers praising its ability to safely accommodate child restraints in all five rear seating positions.” — James Goodwin, CEO, ANCAP
The chief executive of the safety watchdogs went on to say that it was “encouraging to see” the Japanese & Swedish marques setting the pace for safety in the segment, and said that they were the first two cars to rise to the challenge of the more stringent and demanding 2018 ANCAP safety regulations.