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2023 Honda HR-V safety misses mark in ANCAP scoring, Ford Mustang Mach-E rates higher

Honda’s new HR-V small SUV falls short in a couple of key safety categories, and loses a star for it.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has published results for three new cars, the Honda HR-V, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and internal-combustion versions of the LDV Mifa people mover, with one model falling short of top marks.

The Honda HR-V small SUV has been given only four stars by the safety authority, with two of its key areas being scored below average.

For child occupant protection and safety assist, the latter scoring active systems like crash avoidance, the HR-V was given relatively low marks.

Its ‘child occupant protection’ category score totalled 77%, with 37.73 points out of a possible 49.

The report supplied by ANCAP states that “in the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of the 10 year dummy was ‘adequate’, while in the side impact test, protection of the head of the 10 year dummy was ‘weak’”.

For its ‘safety assist’, the HR-V’s scoring was marked down as “‘good’ scores were recorded for the HR-V’s lane-keeping and forward-travel autonomous emergency braking ability”, while ANCAP notes that AEB Backover functionality isn’t featured to prevent impact when reversing.

The score applies to all variants of the HR-V, including hybrid drivetrain variants.

ANCAP also rated the Ford Mustang Mach-E electric car and the ICE version of the LDV Mifa people mover, both of which were awarded five stars.

The latter matches up with the already announced five-star score for its electric version, while the Mach-E still hasn’t had an Australian launch locked in, so is relevant only to New Zealand - for now.

Chris Thompson
Racing video games, car-spotting on road trips, and helping wash the family VL Calais Turbo as a kid were all early indicators that an interest in cars would stay present in Chris’ life, but loading up his 1990 VW Golf GTI Mk2 and moving from hometown Brisbane to work in automotive publishing in Melbourne ensured cars would be a constant. With a few years as MOTOR Magazine’s first digital journalist under his belt, followed by a stint as a staff journalist for Wheels Magazine, Chris’ career already speaks to a passion for anything with four wheels, especially the 1989 Mazda MX-5 he currently owns. From spending entire weeks dissecting the dynamic abilities of sports cars to weighing up the practical options for car buyers from all walks of life, Chris’ love for writing and talking about cars means if you’ve got a motoring question, he can give you an answer.
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