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Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has awarded two Genesis models – the G80 sedan and GV80 SUV – 5 star safety ratings following the latest round of testing.

The 5-seat Genesis G80 sedan released into the Australian market in December 2020 achieved solid all-round results, scoring top marks in the side impact and far-side impact crash tests, as well as providing a high level of protection to rear-seat adults in the full-width frontal test – an important achievement for this category of vehicle.

Notable performance was also recorded for the G80’s ability to prevent rear-end and turning-across-path crashes thanks to its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) capability.  Full avoidance or crash mitigation was recorded in all AEB car-to-car test scenarios at a range of speeds and approach offsets.

The larger 7-seat three-row Genesis GV80 SUV also achieved top marks across the range of assessment areas with full points achieved in the side impact and oblique pole tests, and both child occupant protection tests.  Full points were also recorded for the front passenger in the frontal offset test and the driver in the full width test.

The GV80 is fitted, as standard, with dual frontal and side chest-protecting airbags along with side head-protecting airbags which extend to cover all three seating rows.  A centre airbag positioned between the two front row occupants is also standard, and the GV80 scored maximum points for protection provided in occupant-to-occupant and far-side impact crashes.

“These are impressive results”, said ANCAP Chief Executive, Carla Hoorweg.

Both the G80 and GV80 were assessed to ANCAP’s 2020-2022 protocols where vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility (also referred to as ‘aggressivity’ of design) is now assessed.  The G80 performed well in this test with the design of its front structure shown to provide a low risk of injury to occupants of a ‘collision partner’ vehicle if/when struck.  The larger, higher and heavier GV80 however did not perform as well for compatibility, with its front-end design likely to pose a higher risk to collision partner vehicles.

“ANCAP plays an important role in encouraging continuous improvement in vehicle design, and part of this is encouraging safety improvements that not only benefit the occupants of a vehicle, but all road users,” Ms Hoorweg added.

“The GV80 also gives consumers some insight into ANCAP’s future plans, with all variants equipped as standard with a Child Presence Detection system.  While this feature is not yet scored as part of the official ANCAP rating process, it paves the way for a new aspect we’ll be introducing from 2023,” Ms Hoorweg added.

Full details on the safety performance of both Genesis models can be found in the technical reports below: