Australian independent safety authority ANCAP has awarded Hyundai’s two new mid-size SUVs, the traditionally powered Tucson and all-electric Ioniq 5, with maximum five-star safety ratings.
The fourth-generation Tucson scored 86 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 66 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 70 per cent for Safety Assist.
Comparatively, the first-generation Ioniq 5 performed better overall, notching 88 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 63 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 89 per cent for Safety Assist.
ANCAP noted the Ioniq 5 posed a low risk to ‘crash partner’ vehicles, with a minimal 0.22-point penalty applied, which is the best result since the assessment area was introduced in 2020.
Carla Hoorweg, ANCAP’s chief executive officer, said: “The Ioniq 5’s good measure of safety performance, coupled with its green drivetrain, provides families and fleet buyers with a good all-round choice.
“We know safety and environmental performance are top-of-mind considerations for the majority of new-car buyers today, and it’s pleasing to see Hyundai prioritise five-star safety in this new market offering.”
Of note, the Tucson and Ioniq 5’s five-star ratings apply range wide, meaning petrol, diesel and zero-emissions buyers in Australia’s largest segment now have safe new options from Hyundai.
The all-new Hyundai Ioniq 5 is the first all-electric mid-size SUV in the mainstream segment.
Meanwhile, ANCAP has confirmed the Volvo XC40 small SUV’s maximum five-star safety rating from 2018 has carried across from its traditionally powered variants to its newer Recharge Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV) and Pure Electric (BEV) versions.
As reported, the XC40 registered 97 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 84 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, 71 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection and 78 per cent for Safety Assist.
Ms Hoorweg said: “To ensure safety is not compromised for consumers wanting to buy an alternative-powered vehicle, for battery and hybrid electric vehicles, we conduct additional checks to make sure they don’t pose unique risks such as battery rupture or electrical hazards to the occupants or first responders.
“This gives consumers peace of mind and assists fleet buyers in meeting their safety and environmental targets.”