2023 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings

2023 Range Rover and Range Rover Sport earn five-star ANCAP safety ratings

The full-size Range Rover and its smaller sibling, the Range Rover Sport, have received top marks from Australia’s crash testing authority.

That Range Rover 2023 and 2023 Range Rover Sport have received five-star ratings from independent security tester ANCAP.

Land Rover’s latest SUVs are the second and third models from the British automaker, following the new Defender, to be tested to the latest 2020-2022 ANCAP criteria.

The full-size Range Rover scored 84 percent for adult occupant protection, 86 percent for child occupant protection, 72 percent for vulnerable road users (pedestrians and cyclists) and 84 percent for its Safety Assist technology.

A relatively high score in child occupant protection resulted from awarding full points for the dynamic front and side tests, although it was penalized five points for what ANCAP calls “safety features on board”.

ANCAP found that the Range Rover achieved full marks in the side impact test for adult occupant protection as well as in the driver’s cant bar test, despite only marginally protecting the driver’s chest in the frontal offset test.

All tests of the Safety Assist system for the Range Rover returned perfect scores or scores within half a point of full marks, receiving minor penalties for its speed assist systems and in car-to-car tests its autonomous emergency braking system.

While the Range Rover achieved a five-star overall score, its 72 per cent Vulnerable Road User Protection score included two major penalties in a head impact and a thigh impact.

According to ANCAP, the Range Rover’s stiff windshield pillars contributed to weak or poor results for pedestrians’ heads impacting the car.

2023 Range Rover Sport

The smaller Range Rover Sport saw results of 85 percent for adult occupant protection, 86 percent for child protection, 69 percent for vulnerable road user protection and 84 percent for Safety Assist technology.

Like its big brother, the Range Rover Sport received full marks in the front and side crash tests, and received a six-point penalty for its “safety features on board”.

It also got full marks for the side impact, leaning post and rescue/extraction test, although it lost 3.46 points out of eight in the frontal offset test due to little protection for the front occupant’s legs.

Neither the Range Rover nor the Range Rover Sport are equipped with a center airbag.

Identical results as the Range Rover were achieved in the Safety Assist technology tests, resulting in a score of 84 per cent for the Range Rover Sport.

The smaller of the two luxury SUVs received larger penalties in the Vulnerable Road User Protection category, particularly in the pedestrian head and thigh impact tests.

While the Range Rover went on sale in Australia last year, the Range Rover Sport should arrive at local showrooms this month.
Range Rover pricing and features are available here, while the Range Rover Sport range is detailed here.

Jordan Mulach

Jordan Mulach was born in Canberra/Ngunnawal and currently resides in Brisbane/Turrbal. Jordan joined the Drive team in 2022 and has previously worked for Auto Action, MotorsportM8, The Supercars Collective and TouringCarTimes, WhichCar, Wheels, Motor and Street Machine. A self-proclaimed iRacing addict, Jordan finds himself either behind the wheel of his Octavia RS or berating his ZH Fairlane over the weekend.

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