ANCAP ‘disappointed’ with Tucson

ANCAP ‘disappointed’ with Tucson

ANCAP says it is disappointed with the results for the new Hyundai Tucson SUV, which has received four stars.

The rating applies to the 2.0 litre GDi petrol two-wheel drive variants that have been available to the Australian and New Zealand markets since August 2015.

“The result is disappointing and unexpected for a new vehicle in this competitive class,” ANCAP chief executive officer James Goodwin says.

“The left-hand-drive Tucson recently rated by Euro NCAP received a higher score due to differences in the crash performance as well as a higher standard of safety features, including a pop-up bonnet to improve pedestrian safety, which are not available to consumers in Australasia,” Goodwin notes.

The local tests revealed the structural integrity of the driver footwell was compromised in the frontal offset test and there was also excessive movement of the brake pedal, meaning the vehicle could not achieve five stars.

“It’s encouraging however, that Hyundai has taken immediate steps following the test to make design and production changes to improve the safety of the model,” Goodwin says.

ANCAP has agreed to test the vehicle once the design changes are in production and it’s hoped the countermeasures will improve the vehicle’s overall rating.

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