The new generation Hyundai Santa Fe SUV has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP the independent vehicle assessment organisation.
It scored 96% in the ‘adult occupant’ category, with the judges awarding maximum points in the side barrier test thanks to the good protection afforded to all body regions. In the ‘child occupant’ category it received a score of 89% and 86% in the ‘safety assist’ category.
The pedestrian rating was 71% thanks in part to its active bonnet which in the event of an impact with a pedestrian, the bonnet rises to enable greater absorption of force, helping to minimise the potential for serious injuries.
The new Hyundai Santa Fe went on sale in October 2012 with prices starting at £25,495 for the 2.2-litre CRDi Style 2WD entry model.
Standard safety equipment includes ESP, Hill Start Assist, Vehicle Stability Management, Trailer Stability Assist and seven airbags. And the Active Bonnet System, which raises the bonnet by 60mm in the event of a pedestrian collision to help minimise the impact of head injuries.Published 29 November 2012