Small car awarded safety accolade

The Ford Focus was among four cars awarded five stars by independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP in the latest round of ratings.

Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) Chief Executive James Goodwin said the small car scored well especially in relation to its Child Occupant Protection standing.

“The Focus scored maximum points in destructive Child Occupant Protection testing and is equipped with both forward and reverse auto braking,” Mr Goodwin said.

The Hyundai Santa Fe, Genesis G70 and Jaguar I-PACE were also awarded five stars. The Santa Fe received praise for innovative new technology that would alert a driver if a baby or child was left in an unattended vehicle.

RACQ spokesperson Clare Hunter said the innovation on display in these new models was encouraging and the addition of external airbags in the I-PACE deserved top marks.

“It’s pleasing to see pedestrian safety at the forefront of design, and we applaud Jaguar for its innovation in the I-PACE model,” Ms Hunter said.

Drivers were also reminded of the importance of safety ratings when they were in the market for a new car.

“We always encourage motorists to buy the safest vehicle they can afford and tools like ANCAP safety ratings make that part of the purchase process simple,” Ms Hunter said.

“Whether it’s one of these cars or another with a five-star rating, you’ll know you’re in a car with top safety features.”