A major part of Hyundai’s rebranding in recent years has focused on delivering vehicles that are affordable, high in quality, and, above all else, safe to drive.
Those efforts have reaped dividends once again, with Euro NCAP giving the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe a 5-star safety rating. Here is how it all broke down:
Santa Fe offers superb adult occupant safety
Tests revealed that the passenger compartment remained stable during front impact collisions. Readings from the dummy also revealed that front passengers knees and femurs had a good level of protection.
Hyundai were able to show that the same level of protection would be available to passengers of all sizes, regardless of sitting position. The Santa Fe received top marks in the side barrier test, providing good protection to all parts of the body.
The toughest test is the severe side pole impact, but results were good there too, with chest protection adequate and the rest of the body good. In a rear-end collision, the seat and head restraints provided marginal protection against whiplash and other injuries.
Child occupant safety
A 3 year dummy was used for these tests, with the first showing that in a frontal impact, kids in a forward-facing restraint suffered minor forward movement.
The dummies were correctly placed in the protective shells of their restraints for the side impact, with results showing that potentially dangerous head contact with parts of the car interior were minimized.
Rearward-facing restraints can be protected by disabling the passenger side airbag.
Hyundai provides the driver with clear information regarding the airbag status, which earned the system high rewards. The information provided also clearly shows the danger of a rearward-facing restraint in the passenger seat if the front airbag is not first disabled.
Maximum points were awarded to the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe for the protection the bumper provided to pedestrians’ legs. Not so good was the front edge of the bonnet which was largely marginal or poor.
The active pop-up bonnet has sensors that lift the bonnet when a pedestrian has been struck. The goal is to provide additional clearance to hard structures beneath.
Hyundai showed that the system works at a number of different speeds, as well as on pedestrians of different sizes. The results proved to be mostly good for the areas that would be struck by a child’s head.
For adults, protection on the bonnet was good, but was considered to be marginal or poor when the head came into contact with the bottom edge of the windscreen.
The standard electronic stability control that comes standard in the new Hyundai Santa Fe passed Euro NCAP’s safety test requirements. While no system is in place for the rear seats, a seatbelt reminder for the front seats comes standard.
Also meeting test requirements was the standard-fit driver-set speed limitation device. [Source: EuroNCAP]