The latest crash test results announced by ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Programme) have revealed the latest versions of the Jaguar XF luxury sedan, the Skoda Superb premium executive sedan along with the Kia Sportage spurts utility vehicle and the Holden Spark small car receiving full marks in the conducted crash tests.
The Jaguar XF safety ratings have been sourced from the Euro NCAP. The percentage scores achieved by the luxury sedan are 82% for child occupant protection, 92% for adult occupant protection, 86% for safety assist technology and 80% for pedestrian protection. Impressively, full five-starts have been achieved for electronic stability control, lane support systems and seatbelt reminder whilst in autonomous emergency braking 2.49 points were attained out of three.
This five-star safety rating applies to all the variants of XF which has the highest pedestrian remark as ‘good’ among all of those tested vehicles. It was also fitted with an active bonnet. We exclusively disclosed that the XF 2.0 diesel will be launched this year powered by a 1,999cc engine eligible to buy in the Delhi-NCR region as well. It will also bear such phenomenal safety score.
The results for the Skoda Superb have also been sourced from the Euro NCAP. It secured 71% for pedestrian protection, 86% for adult occupant and child occupant protection and 76% for safety assistance technologies. These ratings apply to all the two wheel drive versions of the premium sedan which comes with standard driver airbag for the Australian market.
Late February 2016 saw the Czech auto maker introducing the third-generation Skoda Superb in India with a starting ex-showroom price of Rs. 22.68 lakh. Based on the VW Group’s MQB platform, the new sedan boasted longer wheelbase, added equipment and revised engine line-up for better performance and economy. It also featured the brand’s first adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Mode Select.
The Kia Sportage SUV was awarded a total score of 34.62 out of 37 by ANCAP. Despite performing well in the hill launch assist, emergency brake assist and reversing collision avoidance test, all of those technologies are offered as standard, but Autonomous Emergency Braking is made available only in the top-level grades. With appreciable improvements over its successor, the Holden Spark, a re-engineered version of the Chevrolet Beat, scored 33.6 out of 37 despite missing lane support system as standard.