Subaru scores an ANCAP double-header

Subaru scores an ANCAP double-header

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Subaru has added two more 5-star Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) safety ratings to its line-up with both the Outback compact SUV and the Legacy joining the top ratings club.

ANCAP crash tested the 2015 Subaru Outback, the results of which also apply to the Legacy, which is built on the same platform.

The all-wheel-drive Outback compact SUV will be available for sale in New Zealand from February 2, 2015, and the all-wheel-drive Legacy sedan will launch here in April 2015.

Both vehicles include dual frontal, side curtain and a driver knee airbags as standard. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard along with advanced seat belt reminders, which are fitted to all seats.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says both the Outback and Legacy have been popular in the New Zealand market for a variety of uses.

“Subaru has consistently stepped up to the mark with safety and the latest iterations of these models are no exception as proven by increasingly tough crash test analysis,” says Stocks.

“It’s also pleasing to see that autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is provided as an option on some models, but we’d like to see this as a standard offering across all variants.”

ANCAP is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

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