People have this notion of SUVs being safer than standard sedans. After all, most of these are bigger and heavier than passenger cars. But further reinforcing that view are the crash test results of the all-new Land Rover Defender.
It comes as no surprise that the large off-roader received five stars from Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Program). At over five meters long and weighing in at 2.4 tons, the Defender looks like it could dust off whatever it is it just hit and drive off. If anything, the large off-roader looked slightly annoyed instead of totaled after the tests.
In the off-set head-on crash test, the Defender ended up pushing the mobile barrier away after the impact. Making this feat impressive is the fact that the SUV hit the rolling barrier at a combined speed of 100 km/h. Sure, the airbags deployed, but it looked like the Defender can still drive off after that big hit. Not only that, the dummies registered low to moderate forces, meaning the occupants can walk away from a major crash like that.
It's also no surprise that it fared well in the rigid barrier crash test, again providing excellent occupant protection according to the dummy's readings. But even more impressive is the side-impact crash test result. The Defender posted a near-perfect score after a mobile barrier slammed into it at 60 km/h. There was even little deformation in the demanding side pole test.
But what helped the Defender get that five-star rating are its active safety systems. Its automatic emergency braking system prevented accidents in the wet, dry, and at night. With that, we could say that the 2.4-ton SUV has a strong set of brakes.
So if you're in the market for a Land Rover Defender, you have the reassurance of its active and passive safety systems. After all, you have to shell out about Php 5.5 million to own one, so any compromises in safety are unacceptable. Thankfully, this massive SUV delivers on that.