Good news and bad news for Hyundai in New Zealand after the latest round of ANCAP barrier testing with the all-new Ioniq hybrid model scoring the maximum five-star rating while the top-selling i20 hatchback could only manage a four-star score.
According to ANCAP, the Hyundai i20 was let-down in the areas of ‘Child Occupant Protection’ and ‘Safety Assist’(technologies including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring are not available).
ANCAP pointed-out the Hyundai Ioniq (pictured, below) sold in New Zealand includes as standard autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, reversing collision avoidance, lane support systems and a manual speed limiter.
The news was mostly good for Volvo and Audi with both the S90 and A5 achieving the maximum five-star ranking.
ANCAP praised the extensive suite of safety technologies included as standard in the Volvo S90 and noted the autonomous emergency braking system performed well in all test scenarios.
Likewise the Audi A5 with ANCAP commending its pedestrian-friendly ‘active’ bonnet and advanced autonomous emergency braking system which can detect and avoid collisions with pedestrians.
But ANCAP singled-out the Australian specification Volvo S90 which does not include a driver knee airbag (fitted to vehicles sold in Europe) and noted the Audi A5 sold in New Zealand comes standard with adaptive cruise control and lane support systems which are optional in Australia.
ANCAP originally reported the Audi A5 sold in Australia was also not fitted with autonomous emergency braking and was forced to issue a subsequent correction because naturally it is standard on A5s sold in both Australian and New Zealand.