ANCAP (the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme) has released fresh crash-test results for the third-generation Toyota Auris, awarding the latest version of the Japanese hatchback five stars for safety.

Based on the TNGA platform, the Auris fared well in all four areas of assessment, scoring 96 percent for adult occupant protection, 83 percent for child occupant protection, 86 percent for vulnerable road-user (pedestrians and cyclists) protection and 76 percent for its safety assistance technology.

The Australian-spec model, which is badged as a Corolla, comes standard with collision avoidance technologies such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist. It also benefits from six airbags (driver, passenger, side, curtain and knee), helping it achieve high scores for adult and child occupant protection.

"The safety improvements provided in this generation of the Corolla are a significant step forward,” said ANCAP chief executive, James Goodwin.

"The Corolla is a trusted nameplate and Australia and New Zealand’s highest selling passenger car, so it is encouraging to see this affordable, volume-seller continue to achieve a high safety standard,” he added.

Although the model tested here is the Auris Hybrid, the five-star rating applies across the range offered Down Under.

The new Toyota Auris is expected to reach South African shores by the fourth quarter of 2018.

Check out the video below to see the Auris go through the rigorous testing: