Honda Jazz takes five in safety tests

It has been a little while since the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) last released any findings of its rigorous crash tests.

In the December report, two Subaru models - the Outback and Liberty - received the highest five-star grades in terms of their safety, giving fleet managers everywhere food for thought.

Not content to sit back and relax, the Honda Jazz went through the wringer and came out with one of the highest scores possible - 36.58 out of 37.

This was easily enough for the Jazz to take five, making it a great option for many fleets.

Giant Steps in safety

No longer is safety solely about how the design of the car limits the damage caused to the driver and passenger in an accident, the latest technology also aims to prevent crashes altogether. This no doubt makes a difference in terms of fleet maintenance, servicing and repairs.

While some vehicles have been criticised for not including enough advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), the Honda Jazz is sounding the horn for better road safety, and hitting all the right notes.

The model comes fitted with side chest and side head airbags, and also includes the following ADAS measures as standard:

  • Antilock brakes (ABS)
  • Electronic brake distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Seat belt reminders
  • Reversing collision avoidance
  • Emergency stop signal (ESS)

The model was also the first to be tested by ANCAP's new collaboration with the South East Asian New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP).

ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said this form of partnership will continue, with the intention of allowing Australian consumers to make more informed decisions.

"ANCAP has, for 15 years, been making use of shared crash test data with its European counterpart, Euro NCAP. However, today's rating for the Honda Jazz is a first in terms of data sharing arrangements with ASEAN NCAP," he explained this month. 

"This reciprocal data sharing relationship will no doubt continue as we start to see more vehicles enter the Australasian market from Southeast Asian manufacturers and manufacturing plants."