ANCAP praised the new Sonata’s standard safety features, which led to a 5-Star rating with 12.84 out of 16 in the frontal offset test and the full 16 points in the side impact test.
Suzuki’s new Alto-replacing Celerio did not fare as well, however, falling shy of a top score despite scoring slightly better than the Sonata in the frontal offset test with 13.58 out of 16.
The Celerio ultimately landed a 4-Star rating and, while the new light hatch’s overall safety set was found wanting, ANCAP applauded the local arm’s decision to include side curtain airbags and seatbelt reminders - both features which are not standard with Euro-market models.
"ANCAP has put pressure on manufacturers to include head-protecting side airbags for many years, introducing this as a mandatory 5 star requirement in 2004,” ANCAP Chairman Lauchlan McIntosh said.
“We are happy to see Suzuki's positive response to this pressure even though the Celerio's list of other safety features does not meet ANCAP's requirements for 5 stars.”
The Celerio fell short as a result of not having the safety equipment necessary for a successful pole test, which is required for a 5-Star rating.
The new Suzuki has also been held back from its scheduled launch, after testing by British magazine Autocar experienced total brake failure during testing.
The company has since withdrawn the Celerio from sale in all right-hand-drive markets until the issue is resolved.
An Australian launch for the Celerio is now delayed “until further notice”.
Standard safety gear in the new Hyundai Sonata includes dual frontal, side chest, and side head-protecting airbags (curtains) for the first and second row. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC), hill launch assist and reversing collision avoidance are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.
For the Celerio, there’s dual frontal, side chest (first row) and side head-protecting curtain airbags (first and second row) as standard. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Advanced seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats on the Australasian model.