The new medium-sized luxury SUV, the Range Rover Velar, has today been awarded ANCAP’s top safety rating achieving high scores across all areas of assessment.

ANCAP CEO James Goodwin praised the high score, drawing attention to the autonomous braking feature and high level of child protection.

“Autonomous emergency braking is provided as a standard feature on the Velar, and it operates effectively at high and low-speeds, and can detect and react to pedestrians.

“Maximum points were scored for adult occupants in these two lateral crash tests, and child occupant protection – which looks at the protection offered for a six year old and 10 year old child - was also good.”

The Velar saw ‘good’ levels of protection offered to occupants in the replicated 'T-bone’ crash, as well as the oblique pole test which replicates a run-off road crash where the vehicle and driver’s head strikes a tree or light pole.

A ‘marginal’ level of protection was recorded for the chest of the rear seat adult occupant in the full width frontal test.

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