Assessed against 2020-2022 criteria, the newly awarded ANCAP 5-start safety rating for the Amarok is based on testing of the closely-related Ford Ranger, combined with additional frontal offset (MPDB) and side impact tests conducted on the Amarok.
The Volkswagen Amarok is now fitted with more than twice the original airbags as standard with dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting curtain airbags, as well as a driver and passenger knee airbag and a centre airbag for front seat occupants in side impact crashes.
The Amarok receive a mix of both good and adequate injury risk scores – plus some areas of marginal performance. But the combined result of all testing was sufficient for the 5-start rating.
The ANCAP Safety testers pointed out that transporting young children in the second row is not recommended due to the absence of top tether anchorage.
As with the Ford Ranger and many other utilities and large SUVs, the Amarok was shown to pose an increased risk to occupants of oncoming vehicles in a crash, and a 3.57 point ‘compatibility’ penalty was applied.
The Volkswagen Amarok includes collision avoidance systems capable of responding to pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles in forward and turning scenarios. And it also demonstrated good performance at keeping drivers on the straight and narrow when evaluating emergency lane keeping, lane keep assist, car-to-car autonomous emergency braking (AEB) tests, and car-to-cyclist AEB tests. Car-to-pedestrian AEB test scenarios revealed an overall Adequate level of performance.
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