Euro NCAP performs a series of crash tests on each model tested: - a frontal impact test, the car impacts a rigid barrier - an offset frontal impact test, 40% of the width of the car is striking a deformable barrier - a pole test, the tested car is propelled sideways into a rigid pole - a side impact test, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver's door.
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test.
Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and
femurs of both the driver and passenger dummies.
Hyundai showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions.
In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of all critical body areas was good for the driver and good or adequate for the rear passenger.
In the side barrier test, dummy readings indicated good protection of the driver.
However, the side curtain airbag got caught on the trim of the C-pillar and did not deploy as intended.
Moreover, the airbag was seen to have torn during deployment.
Hyundai investigated the tear and have changed the airbag attachment fixings of affected vehicles in production and have issued a recall for all vehicles with a panoramic roof.
Owners are encouraged to take their vehicles to dealers when asked to do so.
The side barrier test was repeated with changed airbag attachment fixings and no tearing was seen.
However, the airbag still did not deploy as intended and protection of the driver's head, in the side barrier and side pole tests, was downgraded to adequate.
Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
However, a geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated poor whiplash protection.
The standard-fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system performed well in tests of its functionality at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused.