The 2015 Hyundai Tucson was among the latest cars to be tested by Independent vehicle assessment organization Euro NCAP. The third-gen model has come out with flying colours, scoring the maximum rating of five stars.
Hyundai says that the Tucson is one of the safest vehicles in its segment and incorporates a wide range of active and passive safety features. The body shell structure is also claimed to have more torsional rigidity and hence greater impact resistance; as it contains 30% more advanced high-strength steel. Enhanced body connections have played their part in the rating, as they are crucial towards enabling better dissipation of collision energy.
The all-new Tucson is loaded with technology and features that make it a safe vehicle for both occupants and pedestrians. Lane keeping assist, speed limit information function, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), blind-spot detector, rear-cross traffic alert and vehicle stability management are some of the active safety systems that prevent any mishaps from happening either by way of warnings or by resorting to corrective measures.
To protect pedestrians, an Active Hood system is offered as standard. It basically works by raising the hood to cushion the impact shock when the pedestrian is involved in a frontal collision.
NCAP noted that the new Tucson has shown improvements over the previous model that was tested by the agency in 2006. This evolution was seen in all-round safety, especially in safety assist. The independent safety body also stated that AEB is offered in the model but was not taken into consideration as “the uptake was not expected to be high enough.”