The new Subaru XV has scored the highest possible safety rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards in the USA.
The XV has already been awarded five stars in the rigorous Euro NCAP safety tests, receiving the highest score ever recorded when tested this year - for child occupant protection at 90 per cent. It did well in the other key tests: - Adult Occupancy 86%, Child Occupancy 90%, Pedestrian 64% and Safety Assist 86%.
This compares to the Audi Q3 - Adult Occpancy 94%, Child Occupancy 85%, Pedestrian 52% and Safety Assist 86%, when tested in 2011.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) subjected the Subaru XV to moderate overlap frontal, side rollover and impact tests and awarded the car a ‘good’ rating, which is the top rank across all tests.
The Subaru XV features an all-steel unitary structure with standard-fit airbags (dual front and side, driver’s knee, curtain and torso airbags) to aid passive crash safety. Ultra high-tensile steel is also used for key sections of the bodyshell to improve rigidity while keeping the XV’s kerb weight down.
Darren James, Managing Director, Subaru UK commented that “Our brand statement is ‘Confidence in Motion’, and the XV’s active, passive and hazard avoidance technologies are the perfect embodiment of this.”Published 11 October 2012