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Five-star ANCAP rating for Subaru’s Levorg
Subaru’s new Levorg performance wagon scores full marks in local crash safety test
27 Jun 2016
By TUNG NGUYEN
SUBARU’s new Levorg go-fast wagon has scored the maximum five-stars in the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) safety crash testing, highlighted by the inclusion of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard across the model range.
Scoring 35.85 points out of a possible 37, the Levorg received perfect scores for having seat belt reminders (three out of three) and in the side impact and pole crash tests, 16 and two points respectively, and only lost points in the frontal offset crash test.
An otherwise perfect crash protection performance was only blighted by the frontal offset test, in which the Levorg dropped points.
According the ANCAP crash report, chest and lower leg protection respectively scored 3.47 and 3.38 out of four in the frontal offset crash, while head and neck and upper leg protection scored the maximum four points.
Whiplash protection for occupants was rated as good and Subaru scored 28.31 out of 36 points for the pedestrian crash test, also granting it a good rating in that category.
As standard across all variants, Subaru has packed the Levorg with safety equipment including front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, side and head protection for second row occupants, EyeSight with adaptive cruise control, and antilock braking system, AEB, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, emergency brake assist, fatigue reminder, daytime running lights, hill start assist, pre-crash warning system and lane-keep assist.
The only safety technology added to higher grade variants includes automatic headlights, automatic high beams and a blind spot monitoring system.
ANCAP CEO James Goodwin applauded the Levorg for generous standard safety features and called for more car-makers to follow Subaru’s lead.
“This is an impressive packing in terms of safety,” he said. “The standout with this model is that it offers all three grades of AEB as standard across the model line-up.
“This means its owners will benefit from emergency braking intervention to avoid a crash with another car at low speed high speed as well as upon the detection of pedestrians in the path of the vehicle.
“Very few models sold in Australia offer AEB as standard so this is a significant offering for a car in this category, and I would urge more manufacturers to follow suit.”
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