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2021 Ford Escape gets coveted five-star safety rating - but not under ANCAP's new rules

The new Escape has crashed its way towards ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating, but there’s a catch.

ANCAP has awarded the new-generation Ford Escape mid-size SUV its maximum five-star safety rating, although it did so under the previous 2019 standard of testing.

As reported, the threshold for ANCAP’s maximum five-star safety rating is higher for models assessed in 2020, with its assessments including harder crash and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tests, among others.

While the Escape is going on sale in Australia in mid-November (and therefore in 2020), its safety rating is based on Euro NCAP’s 2019 assessment of the related left-hand-drive Kuga in Europe.

Either way, ANCAP used those results to give the Escape strong scores in all four of its testing categories: Adult Occupant Protection (92%), Child Occupant Protection (89%), Vulnerable Road User Protection (82%) and Safety Assist (77%).

Of note, the maximum five-star safety rating from ANCAP only applies to the Escape’s petrol variants, as its PHEV (plug-in hybrid) alternative is currently unrated.

And for reference, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane-keep and steering assist (including emergency), speed limit recognition, a manual speed limiter and driver attention alert are fitted to the Escape as standard.

As reported, the Escape is priced from $35,990 to $52,940 plus on-road costs, although driveaway offers are available on select variants for a limited time.