The new Genesis G80 and GV80 have been awarded the full five stars by ANCAP and Euro NCAP, based on the latest 2021 criteria.

    Based on tests conducted by the European firm, the G80 and GV80 both scored strongly in physical crashworthiness as well as safety assist systems, with the SUV nabbing perfect scores in the side impact and oblique pole tests.

    The G80 scored 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 86 per cent for the protection of child occupants, 77 per cent for vulnerable road users and 80 per cent for safety assist.

    Meanwhile, the GV80 scored the same 91 per cent for adult occupant protection, 88 per cent for child occupant protection, 66 per cent for vulnerable road users and 79 per cent for safety assist.

    “Notable performance was recorded for the G80’s ability to prevent rear-end and turning-across-path crashes thanks to its autonomous emergency braking (AEB) capability. Full avoidance or crash mitigation was recorded in all AEB car-to-car test scenarios at a range of speeds and approach offsets,” ANCAP said in its media release.

    The G80 managed top marks in the side impact and far-side impact tests, along with “a high level of protection to rear-seat adults in the full-width frontal test – an important achievement for this category of vehicle”.

    “The larger seat-seat three-row Genesis GV80 SUV also achieved top marks across the range of assessment areas with full points achieved in the side impact and oblique pole tests, and both child occupant protection tests,” the crash-testing firm added.

    “Full points were also recorded for the front passenger in the frontal offset test and the driver in the full width test.”

    Both vehicles are fitted with a suite of airbags as standard, including dual frontal, side chest and side head (curtain) airbags, which in the case of the GV80 cover all three available rows of seating.

    A front-centre airbag is also standard to protect from occupant-to-occupant collisions in the event of an accident.

    In addition to the usual categories and scoring, ANCAP noted the 2020-23 test criteria used by itself and Euro NCAP takes into account vehicle-to-vehicle compatibility (also referred to as ‘aggressivity’ of design).

    “The G80 performed well in this test with the design of its front structure shown to provide a low risk of injury to occupants of a ‘collision partner’ vehicle if/when struck,” ANCAP noted in its media release.

    “The larger, higher and heavier GV80 however did not perform as well for compatibility, with its front-end design likely to pose a higher risk to collision partner vehicles.”

    ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg said the firm’s crash-testing criteria helps shape future vehicle designs and encourages manufacturers to continually make vehicles safer.

    “ANCAP plays an important role in encouraging continuous improvement in vehicle design, and part of this is encouraging safety improvements that not only benefit the occupants of a vehicle, but all road users.”

    “The GV80 also gives consumers some insight into ANCAP’s future plans, with all variants equipped as standard with a Child Presence Detection system. While this feature is not yet scored as part of the official ANCAP rating process, it paves the way for a new aspect we’ll be introducing from 2023,” Ms Hoorweg added.

    It’s worth noting the five-star rating doesn’t automatically apply to all versions of the G80 and GV80, due to the European testing regime only including variants available in that market.

    For the G80, the rating covers the 2.5-litre turbo RWD model available locally as well as the 2.2-litre diesel offered in Europe. The 3.5-litre turbo AWD version currently goes unrated.

    Likewise with the GV80, the 2.5T AWD and 3.0D AWD variants wear a five-star rating, while 2.5T RWD and 3.5T AWD being unrated for now.

    Genesis Australia has confirmed it has submitted data to ANCAP for the ‘missing’ variants and given the structural similarities we imagine it shouldn’t take long before Genesis Australia and ANCAP unify the ratings across the range – much like Kia did with the Sorento V6 petrol.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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