The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) recently bestowed a five-star safety rating on the Pajero Sport (Montero Sport in our market), along with two other SUVs. These are the Honda HR-V and the more upscale Audi Q7.
According to the agency, each of these vehicles exhibited exemplary crash protection when subjected to various tests pitting them in frontal and front offset collisions. The Q7, for instance, features cutting-edge safety gear such as lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control. It likewise has an autonomous emergency braking system that works to help stop the car in the event that the driver fails to do so.
The HR-V, meanwhile, performed truly well in structural crash tests, which accounted for the exemplary ANCAP rating. Despite it being a mainstream model, higher-spec variants (in other markets) get safety kit such as the autonomous braking and lane keep assist.
As for the Montero Sport, it is one of the newest players among the vehicles tested, having been introduced to the world only last August. The midsize, seven-seat SUV was a significant step up in terms of occupant and pedestrian protection over the model it replaces. Apart from the rigid body and frame, the SUV likewise boasts class-leading tech like Forward Collision Mitigation and Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation, which help keep the driver out of harm’s way.
The materials provided show the Mitsubishi Triton pickup--called Strada in our market--being crash-tested. Apparently, the ANCAP considers these two vehicles to be exactly the same in terms of crash data.
The ANCAP is an independent body that tests all makes and models of motor vehicles sold in and around the Australian and Asian regions. Its findings are highly regarded by industry players, and help assure the public that the cars they’re buying are truly safe.