AUSTRALASIA’s independent voice on vehicle safety, ANCAP, has announced two new 5-star safety ratings within the large SUV segment, with the Kia Sorento and Land Rover Defender both achieving maximum results against the stringent 2020 test standards.
“2020 has been a year of significant change, but we’re pleased to see vehicle brands continue to recognise the importance of 5-star safety despite increasing standards,” ANCAP director of communications and advocacy, Rhianne Robson said.
The new generation Kia Sorento performed well across each of the physical crash tests and in particular, revealed a very strong safety assist score of 89 per cent, the highest so far under the new criteria.
The Kia Sorento introduces an advanced autonomous emergency braking system with the ability to brake to prevent collisions when turning in front of another vehicle. A driver monitoring system is also fitted as standard.
“For a vehicle of its size and mass, the Sorento also offers good levels of compatibility with other vehicles – reducing the risk of serious injury to occupants in an opponent vehicle,” Mrs Robson said.
The new Land Rover Defender also showed strong performance across the four key areas of safety assessment, including adult and child occupant protection, with maximum points recorded for adult occupants in the side impact and oblique pole tests.
Child occupant scores in the frontal offset and side impact tests were also top notch.
“In contrast to the Sorento however, the front structure of the Defender presents a higher risk to occupants of an oncoming vehicle in a crash, and as a result, its score in the frontal offset test was reduced,” Mrs Robson added.
Both the Sorento and Defender offer three rows of seating however the transport of young children in the optional third row of the Defender is limited due to the lack of top tether anchorages.
The fitting of some ISOFIX child restraints in the third row of the Sorento is possible, however these must be installed with care to ensure they can be safely accommodated.
A 5-star ANCAP safety rating applies to all current Land Rover Defender variants. For the Sorento, the 5-star rating applies to diesel variants only. Post-crash rescue sheets for the Sorento and Defender have been supplied by the respective manufacturers.
These will be included in the ANCAP RESCUE app, a new requirement of ANCAP’s 2020 test protocols to assist first responders at the scene of a crash.