The latest round of EuroNCAP crash testing has been conducted, with several SUVs included. The Jaguar F-PACE came out on top, gaining a five star safety rating, just like its Land Rover sibling, the Range Rover Velar.
In testing, the F-Pace scored 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection and 80 per cent for pedestrian protection.
Its safety assistance score was 70 per cent, losing some of its score for not having an active bonnet.
Of course, the crash testing was done overseas by EuroNCAP, and because Jaguar Australia won’t be testing a car independently, here in Australia, the scores have been translated.
The Range Rover Velar received the full five star crash rating from both EuroNCAP and ANCAP, earlier in the year thanks to high scores in both active and passive safety.
The autonomous braking reacts to both cars and pedestrians, working at all speeds, while the side impact testing revealed good protection to occupants.
Good scores were also awarded to the oblique pole test which replicates a crash where the vehicle runs off the road and the car hits a tree or light pole.
According to ANCAP, “maximum points were scored for adult occupants in these two lateral crash tests, and child occupant protection – which looks at the protection offered for a 6 year old and 10 year old child – was also good.”
It must be noted, though, that the chest of the adult dummy in the rear seat received a marginal level of protection.
So what does that mean for us?
ANCAP has also awarded the F-Pace a five star safety rating, using the same percentages supplied by EuroNCAP.
ANCAP’s chief, James Goodwin stated the obvious.
“High scores were achieved in all physical crash tests and performance assessments,” said Mr Goodwin. “AEB is provided as a standard feature along with forward collision and lane departure warning systems.”
ANCAP also said that the AEB system performed well, avoiding or mitigating all of the scenarios thrown at it.
But there’s more to the story
Digging through the EuroNCAP report, you’ll notice a comment stating the shared structure between the Jaguar F-Pace and the Range Rover Velar.
The Velar was tested back in October, and with most of the data on hand, tests were only performed on the F-Pace where things are different.
EuroNCAP’s website states that “in some cases the results of the Velar have been used for this assessment.”
So, the testing wasn’t quite as specific as most people would assume.
But both EuroNCAP and ANCAP say that the rating applies across the F-Pace range.