The Volkswagen Tiguan, new BMW X1, and the Jeep Renegade have got a similarity - 5-Star safety ratings from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The new models were put to test by ANCAP and all the three small SUVs have impressed with the ratings.
To begin with the new BMW X1, ANCAP has used crash testing procedures to calculate a rating of 90 percent for the adult occupant protection and 87 percent for child occupant protection. The new BMW X1 even impressed with 74 percent for pedestrian protection as well.
All front- and all-wheel drives variants are subject to 5-star ratings. These are fit with dual front, side chest, and side curtain airbags. This is equipped with autonomous emergency braking with pre-crash systems as standard.
Jeep's smallest SUV, the Renegade was put to test by the Euro NCAP with the data being scrutinised by ANCAP. The Euro NCAP does provide percent based ratings, but the Renegade was given an overall ratingof 36.41 out of 37.
Last but not the least, Volkswagen's all-new Tiguan was sent to the walls for testing purposes. The SUV from VW received 96 percent on the adult occupant protection and 84 percent for child occupant protection.
The pedestrian protection ratings for the VW Tiguan did not go that well with a meagre score of 62 percent. The front-wheel drives models are yet to be tested for its safety standards. The models tested were mainly for the Australian market.
James Goodwin, theANCAP CEO, said, the tests revealed that the Jeep Renegade offers a good structural performance in the crash scenarios, however, when compared with other SUVs, the lack of active safety technologies as standard is sorely missed in the Renegade.
He also commented on the VW Tiguan, saying the SUV from the German carmaker provides high and low-speed autonomous emergency braking technology (AEB) and an active lane support system which corrects any deviation of the car drifting out of a lane.
As for the new BMW X1, he said it is also equipped with AEB and goes one step ahead with an AEB system which can detect and brake for pedestrians. This is paired with a pop-up bonnet which provides impact clearance.
All the three SUVs are expected in India sooner than later, with the 5-star ratings on safety, this is a well-received ratingfor the SUVs coming to thecountry.