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Toyota Corolla awarded full five-star safety score
Strong adult occupant protection spearheads Toyota Corolla’s five-star ANCAP result
23 Aug 2018
By TUNG NGUYEN
TOYOTA’S entire seven-variant 12th-generation Corolla range has nabbed a maximum five-star Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) crash test rating, highlighted by a 96 per cent score in adult occupant protection.
With 36.6 points out of a possible 38 in the aforementioned adult occupant protection test, the Corolla only failed to score full points in three areas – front offset (7.31 out of eight), full width frontal (7.57 out of eight) and whiplash protection (1.72 out of two).
The side impact and oblique pole tests both yielded a full score of eight points each, while the performance of the range-wide autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system netted the Corolla another four.
Occupant and driver chest protection was rated as ‘adequate’ in testing, but head, leg and neck results were deemed ‘good’.
Child occupant protection in the Corolla scored 40.91 points of 49 for an 83 per cent result, with the side dynamic test and restraint installation recording maximum scores of eight and 12 respectively.
The front dynamic test recorded 14.91 out of 16 points, while on-board safety features only managed to score six out of a possible 13 points due to a lack of integrated child restraints, no Isofix point for the centre seat, as well as the inability to disable the front passenger airbag.
As for pedestrian protection, the new Corolla scored 41.37 out of 48 points – or 86 per cent – in the vulnerable road user test, with ‘good’ and ‘adequate’ head protection for struck bystanders.
Head impact scored 18.07 out of 24, upper and lower leg impacts both scored a full six points each, while AEB pedestrian and cyclist testing yielded 5.97 and 5.33 points out of six respectively.
Finally, Toyota’s new small hatchback was awarded 9.9 out of 13 points (76 per cent) in the safety assist assessment category with 2.25 out of three for speed assistance systems, a full three points for seat belt reminders, 2.25 out of four for lane support systems and 2.4 out of three for interurban AEB.
As standard, the entire Toyota Corolla line-up is fitted with seven airbags, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, ABS brakes, automatic headlights with adaptive high beams, reversing camera, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist, but blind-spot monitoring is optional.
ANCAP chief executive James Goodwin praised Toyota for offering such high levels of safety equipment in its popular small car that launched earlier this month.
“The safety improvements provided in this generation of the Corolla are a significant step forward,” he said.
“The Corolla is a trusted nameplate and Australia and New Zealand’s highest selling passenger car, so it is encouraging to see this affordable, volume-seller continue to achieve a high safety standard.”
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