Not satisfied with the Tucson's 4-star ANCAP crash test result achieved in November last year, the Korean carmaker has rushed through several design changes to improve passenger safety and snare a full five-star safety rating.
In the initial test, poor performance in lower leg protection during the 64km/h frontal offset crash ruined the Tucson's chances of achieving a full five-star score.
At a minimum, cars must score at least 12.5 out of 16 points in the frontal offset test to be eligible for a five-star ANCAP result. The Hyundai Tucson scored 11.46, with an overall score of 32.46 out of a possible 37 points.
Following the first test, Hyundai engineers flew to Australia to examine the crashed cars and made design changes to improve lower leg protection for the driver. Those changes were applied to production vehicles from mid-November onward.
With the changes, the Tucson now scores 14.53 points in a frontal offset impact, with an overall score of 35.53 points - well above the threshold for a five-star rating.
The latest test result was applauded by ANCAP.
“It is encouraging to see Hyundai make a number of design and production changes to improve the safety of the vehicle and we commend them for acting quickly to implement the improvements,” ANCAP Chief Executive Officer James Goodwin said in a statement released today..
“The changes significantly improved the vehicle’s performance in the frontal offset test which would reduce the possibility of injury to occupants in the event of a crash."
Hyundai Australia COO Scott Grant was also pleased with the result.
“The Australian score now matches the 5 Stars awarded to Tucson in Europe by Euro NCAP, and is also in line with the maximum safety score achieved by Tucson in the United States," he said.
“Our vehicles are continually improved throughout their production cycles, and this is an example of that development process in action.
“The fast work in bringing Tucson to 5 Stars in Australia is a clear indication of our commitment to the highest safety standards... following this result, the Australian range of Hyundai passenger cars and SUVs remains 5 Star rated across the board.”
The new rating applies to all Korean-built Tucsons from November 17, and all Czech-built Tucsons from December 16.