Two Korean models gain ANCAP five star ratings

The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Picanto have reached 5-star performance levels in crash testing performed for the Australasian market.

ANCAP side impact test on Hyundai ElantraFor Australian National Road Safety Week, which is taking place from 2nd to 8th May, 2016, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), has released two more results from its extensive crash testing programme to provide vehicle safety information to local markets.

In the latest batch of results, two Korean models features, both of which received the top 5-star rating. The latest version of the Hyundai Elantra was introduced ontol local markets only during February this year and has received the rating for all variants of the model. Although the Kia Picanto has been available on the New Zealand market for a long time, the latest 5-star rating has been extended to include the model which is available in Australia.

Categorised in the small passenger vehicle segment, the Elantra showed good performance during crash testing despite a lack of advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), as pointed out by ANCAP’s CEO, James Goodwin: “Advanced safety assist technologies are unfortunately lacking on the Elantra, and Hyundai – along with other manufacturers – should step up and include technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all models.”

Another area in which the Elantra could improve is in pedestrian protection. In this respect, the vehicle was rated as “acceptable” but revealed that there is room for design improvements around the base of the windscreen to afford better protection for pedestrians involved in a collision with the vehicle.

The small Kia Picanto faired worse in pedestrian impact tests with a level of protection rated as “marginal”. However, this didn’t stop the Korean car from receiving an overall five-star rating.

Commenting on the increasing presence of budget cars such as the Picanto with five star ratings, Goodwin continued, “The Kia reinforces that safety should not be restricted by budget with the Picanto providing an affordable 5 star vehicle choice.”

ANCAP went on to remind consumers in the markets of Australia and New Zealand that the choice of safer cars has a significant impact on the reduction of deaths and serious injuries on the roads of the continent.

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