The Genesis GV70 premium crossover has nailed a five-star crash test score from ANCAP, against its harshest 2021 protocols and based on shared Euro NCAP data.

It means all four Genesis models on offer – G70, G80, GV780 and GV80 – carry the maximum ANCAP score, three of four (the older G70 excluded) with the latest ‘Tested 2021’ date stamps.

The GV70 managed 89 per cent for adult occupant protection, 89 per cent for child occupant protection, 64 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 87 per cent for safety assist.

However, the top score only applies to three out of four GV70 models; the GV70 2.5T RWD four-cylinder petrol, the 2.5T AWD, and the 2.2D diesel. The flagship 3.5T V6 AWD grade was not tested as it’s not sold in Europe, and so remains unrated.

ANCAP’s report said all collisions were avoided or mitigated in the autonomous emergency braking car-to-car and vulnerable road user scenarios, including AEB junction assist. 

The GV70 features a centre airbag and a fatigue detection system, which monitors steering inputs for patterns which are characteristic of a fatigued or inattentive driver. 

Meantime, adequate and good performance was shown across the range of lane-keep assist and more critical emergency lane-keeping scenarios. 

“The Genesis GV70 offers a comprehensive range of safety features and solid results across all areas of ANCAP’s assessment,” added ANCAP chief executive Carla Hoorweg.

Since it arrived mid-year, the GV70 has been Genesis Australia’s most successful model. It has sold 220 of them this year, compared to 72 G70 sedans and 51 G80s. The GV80 SUV has found 258 buyers but has been on sale all year.

The GV70’s haul puts it ahead of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio (173), but well behind the Germans, the Lexus NX, and the Volvo XC60.

You can read the full ANCAP technical report here if you’re interested.

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Mike Costello
Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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