The New Range Rover and Range Rover Sport have both been awarded five-star ratings in the latest Euro NCAP safety tests. The new models are the latest from the Range Rover line to gain the highest rating under the stringent safety protocols introduced in 2009, which started with the Evoque back in 2011.
Both models are based on a new mixed-metal, flexible Modular Longitudinal Architecture, which provides solid foundations for a suite of state-of-the-art driver assistance technologies to work in harmony for a responsive and refined drive. New Range Rover, which is available with 4/5/7 seat configurations, is up to 50% stiffer than its predecessor while the Range Rover Sport is 35% stiffer than before.
The New Range Rover scored 87% for Child Occupant Protection and 72% for Vulnerable Road Users, while the Range Rover Sport achieved an 85% rating for Adult Occupant Protection. Both SUVs obtained 82% for Safety Assist.
New Range Rover and Range Rover Sport share a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) designed to support the driver and protect occupants, including:
- 3D Surround Camera and ClearSight Ground View – the surround camera system provides a 3D, 360-degree view around the vehicle and can display several views simultaneously on the touchscreen display when manoeuvring – giving the driver detailed information about their surroundings. ClearSight Ground View allows drivers to see the hidden area directly ahead of, and beneath, the bonnet on the central touchscreen display.
- Driver Condition Response – brings the vehicle to a halt and initiates the hazard warning lights if the driver fails to respond to a series of audio-visual prompts.
- Pre-emptive suspension – the suspension automatically switches to Dynamic mode when the Forward Collision Warning system detects a collision risk, assisting the driver if evasive manoeuvres are required by delivering the most agile responses.
- Adaptive Cruise Control and Steering Assist – Adaptive Cruise Control maintains a set cruising speed for the vehicle. The vehicle’s speed automatically reduces if a slower-moving vehicle is detected in the lane ahead. Steering Assist helps the driver keep the vehicle in the centre of its lane by making minor steering adjustments.
- Park Assist – detects available parking spaces and manoeuvres the vehicle into parallel and perpendicular spaces. Park Assist controls the vehicle during a manoeuvre using the steering, acceleration, gear selection and braking.
Alongside the active safety systems, both vehicles make use of technologies that aim to improve driver alertness and reduce the potential for distraction.