AA DRIVEN NZ CAR OF THE YEAR: Safety award
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The Safety award is carefully calculated by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) using a specific formula to give a list of the highest (weighted) scores for vehicles in the NZ market today.
Part of the criteria for eligibility is that the score is generated from a five-star rating published by ANCAP throughout the year, starting 1 January 2021 through to 22 November 2021.
The rating can also be date stamped 2020 or 2021, as the test protocol remained the same for the two years.
The Subaru Outback SUV achieved the highest scores to date across three of the four key assessment areas. The calculated overall score achieved in the test is 89.4%.
Maximum points were scored by the Outback in Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Emergency Lane Keeping (ELK) test scenarios, and close to full points in the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) car-to-car scenarios. Maximum points were scored for its protection of pedestrians in upper and lower leg impacts. It also scored full points for its ability to actively avoid forward collisions with pedestrians through Autonomous Emergency Braking.
A driver monitoring system is fitted as standard – one of the first production cars to directly monitor the driver’s state of alertness through eye movement, as well as indirectly monitoring through steering inputs.
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