2020 Toyota HiAce scores 5-star ANCAP, Jeep Wrangler gets 1 star

Some interesting scores have come out of ANCAP’s latest round of testing and crash test analysis, with the 2020 Toyota HiAce impressing with five stars, while the new Jeep Wrangler receives a dismal one-star score.

Nissan’s all-electric LEAF received the maximum five-star rating, after ANCAP analysed data from the Euro NCAP assessment. The local division gave the eco hatch 93 per cent for adult occupant protection, 85 per cent for child occupant protection, and 71 per cent for pedestrian protection. It also achieved 70 per cent for its safety assist systems. The previous LEAF was also a five-star car.

ANCAP carried out local crash testing with the all-new 2020 Toyota HiAce. It produced some impressive scores for a commercial vehicle, with 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, and 84 per cent for pedestrian protection. It also scored 77 per cent for its safety assist systems. This resulted in an easy five-star rating, bettering the previous model’s four-star standing.

What didn’t shape up so well was the new Jeep Wrangler. ANCAP found the safety to be “concerning” for Australians. It managed just 50 per cent for adult protection, 49 per cent for pedestrian protection, and just 32 per cent for its safety assist systems. However, it did score a decent 80 per cent for child occupant protection. Speaking about the result, ANCAP CEO James Goodwin said:

“The safety performance of the Wrangler is limited, falling well shy of the expected standard in three of the four key areas of assessment. Chest protection was a concern for the driver and rear passenger in each of the frontal crash tests; a number of penalties were applied for structural deformation and potential leg injury hazards; and base variants lack autonomous emergency braking altogether.”

The Jeep’s score was compiled using data from Euro NCAP crash testing, where it also scored just one star. The previous model was rated four stars when it was tested in 2012, albeit with different safety criteria during testing. Out of interest, the new Suzuki Jimny, which is also regarded as a rugged off-road-focused vehicle with live axle suspension, recently scored three stars.

Check out the crash test videos below to see how they went, in order of Nissan LEAF, Toyota HiAce, Jeep Wrangler.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.