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LDV D90, Volkswagen Arteon gain five-star safety rating

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has handed down two new five-star crash safety ratings to LDV’s debut SUV, the T60-based D90 seven-seater, and Volkswagen’s Arteon liftback sedan.

After the T60 pick-up became LDV’s first five-star vehicle in October, the D90 has followed suit with an overall score of 35.05 out of 37, or 95 per cent.

The Chinese large SUV recorded a frontal offset test score of 14.05 out of 16, producing ‘acceptable’ protection for the lower legs of both occupants and the chest of the driver, and ‘good’ protection elsewhere.

Full marks were recorded in the side impact and pole tests, while the whiplash test returned ‘good’ levels of protection.

In the pedestrian protection test, the D90 recorded a score of 27.37 out of 36, enough for an ‘acceptable’ rating.

The bonnet offered mainly ‘good’ and ‘acceptable’ protection around the middle, with ‘marginal’ and ‘poor’ ratings found around the edges, where a child’s head may strike.

Frontal impacts offered mostly ‘good’ protection with some ‘marginal’ areas as well.

The D90 also received full points for three seatbelt reminders and the fitment of electronic stability control as standard.

Given the D90 was tested by ANCAP and not its European equivalent, autonomous emergency braking (AEB) was not assessed.

The D90 does come as standard with AEB, but from January 1 all Australian vehicles not fitted with the driver assist technology will be ineligible for a maximum rating.

Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s new flagship for its passenger vehicle range, the Arteon, has been graded in accordance with Euro NCAP protocols, which includes testing for AEB performance.

It scored a combined 15.54 out of 16 in the full width frontal and frontal offset tests, recording ‘good’ protection in the full width test in all areas bar the passenger’s chest, while the frontal offset test returned ‘acceptable’ protection for the passenger’s lower legs and driver’s lower left leg, and ‘good’ ratings elsewhere.

Full marks were awarded for the side impact test, while the pole test was scored at 7.87 out of eight, missing out on full marks due to ‘acceptable’ chest protection.

Whiplash protection was rated as ‘good’ and resulted in a score of 2.35 out of three.

The Arteon was tested for child occupant protection and scored 42.05 out of 49, or 85 per cent, with ‘good’ protection in the side impact test and a mix of ‘good’, ‘adequate’ and ‘marginal’ ratings in other areas.

A score of 36.1 out of 42, or 85 per cent, was recorded for pedestrian protection, with mainly ‘good’ or ‘adequate’ protection for most of the bonnet.

‘Poor’ or ‘marginal’ protection was found on the A-pillars, while the upper and lower grille offered ‘good’ protection throughout.

For interurban AEB, the Arteon scored 2.7 out of three points, performing well in both the AEB and forward collision warning (FCW) tests.

It scored half marks for safety assistance systems, 2.0 out of three for seatbelt reminders, and 2.7 out of three for lane support systems, with the standard fitment of lane departure warning.

Overall, the Arteon scored a safety assist rating of 8.9 out of 12, or 74 per cent.

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