2019 Toyota Hiace pulls five-star ANCAP rating
Toyota’s new-generation Hiace has scored well in ANCAP testing, taking home the maximum rating of five stars.
The top-selling van scored 94 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 84 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 77 per cent for safety assist.
Helping Toyota’s high score is its Safety Sense suite, standard across the range, which offers pre-collision avoidance with autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert, auto high beam, road sign assist, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and front and rear parking sensors. To save a bit of diesel, start-stop is also added.
The move from a cab-over engine/cabin layout to a semi-bonnet design also helped, which moves the engine and wheels fore of the cabin. Toyota says this increases safety and comfort while reducing in-cabin noise.
“This is a landmark achievement for the Commercial Van segment,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“This rating shows a new level of market maturity, with modern safety design being prioritised by the majority vehicle brands regardless of the segment or intended use of the vehicle.”
“For many, the vehicle is their workplace and Toyota should be applauded for providing the same level of safety in the Hiace as we see in today’s passenger cars and SUVs,” Goodwin added.