The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio has scored a five-star safety rating from two respected safety testing organizations – both EuroNCAP and ANCAP this week awarded the new SUV the highest score possible.
The European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP) actually crash tested the Stelvio way back in mid-2017, but it was only today that the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) released interpreted data.
The procedure is normal for ANCAP, which receives data from other organisations and applies its own standards to the data, which sometimes yields a lower score than the crash test would suggest. Don’t forget, they now rely on active safety systems (AEB, lane keep, etc) rather than passive (seatbelts, safety-cell structure, crumple-zones, etc).
The rating will apply to both the 2.0-liter petrol four-cylinder and 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder models, but there hasn’t been any word yet on whether the stove-hot Stelvio QV version will receive the same five-star rating. We’d assume that having a bigger motor up front would certainly help, giving a wider area of protection before you get to the firewall.
Using four pillars for assessment, the Stelvio acquitted itself well, scoring 97 per cent in the adult occupant protection category, which equals the Volvo XC90, largely regarded as one of the safest SUVs currently on sale.
In fact, the only car to beat the Stelvio in that category was the Volvo XC60, which scored 98 per cent.
“These are impressive scores which reflect the effort the brand has put into designing vehicles to keep occupants safe,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin. “With Adult Occupant Protection we look at how a vehicle performs structurally across a range of destructive crash tests, but also how well the restraint systems work to minimise injury. Low speed autonomous emergency braking also forms part of this, with [the] Alfa Romeo models performing well.”
The four main areas and scores were:
- Adult Occupant Protection – 97 per cent
- Child Occupant Protection – 84 per cent
- Pedestrian Protection – 71 per cent
- Safety Assist – 60 per cent
With both EuroNCAP and ANCAP recently introducing more stringent safety criteria, including making active safety systems a key scoring area, getting an SUV to a five-star rating isn’t an easy task.
However, with SUVs such as the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus not being crash tested – and not at all likely to be – scores like this should be taken as a guide rather than a rule.
After all, get hit by 40-tonne truck and physics dictates whether you’ll survive or not.
You can watch the crash test results in the video below.