Hyundai i20 falls short in latest Ancap safety results

Hyundai's i20 undergoes frontal offset crash test in its EuroNcap test.
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Hyundai's i20 undergoes frontal offset crash test in its EuroNcap test.

There was good and bad news for Hyundai in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (Ancap) safety ratings.

Of the four latest vehicles to undergo crash test scrutiny, two were Hyundais - the hybrid Ioniq and the i20 hatch and cross variants.

The Ioniq hybrid passed with flying colours, coming away with the top five-star Ancap safety rating, but the news was not as good for the i20 variants which were released in New Zealand from December 2016.

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says the i20's result will be disappointing for consumers who have come to expect much on the safety front from the Korean marque.

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In 2015, the luxury Hyundai Genesis was declared the safest by a significant margin at the New Zealand Car of the Year Awards.

"Safety standards are rising, which means car markets need to push harder to meet consumer expectations."

The i20 was let down in the areas of child occupant protection and safety assist. While new cars come standard with crash prevention technology such as autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and emergency brake assist – none of these are available on the i20.

By comparison, the Ioniq has autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and emergency braking assist as standard. It also includes lane support systems and a manual speed limiter.

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Besides the Ioniq hybrid, the Audi A5 and the Volvo S90 also achieved five-star status.

The AA said Volvo, as a global leader in producing safe vehicles, the S90 features an impressive range of advance safety technologies as standard.

Similarly, the Audi A5 performed well in testing and is equipped with an "active" bonnet and an advanced autonomous emergency braking system which can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians.

In New Zealand, the Audi A5 also includes lane support systems as standard, although in Australia this technology is optional.

European variants of the Volvo S90 include a driver knee airbag, which is not available on the models released in New Zealand and Australia.

Ancap is supported by all Australian motoring clubs, the New Zealand Automobile Association, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

 - Stuff

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