Hyundai EON ASEAN NCAP

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The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has announced the test results of seven car models that were assessed in Q2 2016. They include the Nissan X-Trail, Nissan Navara, Suzuki Ertiga, Suzuki Ciaz, Kia Morning, Hyundai EON and Isuzu MU-X.

Among the seven, two received a zero-star rating, four were awarded a four-star rating, while only one received the coveted five-star badge. Let’s start with the most disappointing results from the lot.

Both the Kia Morning and Hyundai EON that were tested did not come with ESC or even airbags for that matter, warranting a zero-star rating for the Adult Occupant Protection category. The former managed to score just 1.48 from a possible 16 points, whereas the EON did not pick up a single point at all. That’s right, zero out of 16. Both also had a 27% compliance rating for Child Occupant Protection (COP).


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The Kia Morning, as it is known in South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Chile, is sold as the Picanto here. Thankfully, the Picanto available to Malaysians comes equipped with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), ABS and a Traction Control System (TCS). It therefore received a four-star rating with a score of 12.67 for AOP and 73% for COP, which is impressive.

Moving on to vehicles that managed to score a four-star rating, the Nissan Navara managed to score 12.34 points in AOP, while COP is a low 37%. The same COP compliance rating is shared with the Suzuki Ciaz, although the sedan did obtain a higher AOP score of 14.56.


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The Isuzu MU-X meanwhile, obtained 11.87 points in AOP and a COP compliance of 73%. Meanwhile, the Suzuki Ertiga, one of the models that is reportedly being tested by Proton in Malaysia, managed to score 12.39 for the AOP category, and 33% compliance for COP.

As for the sole vehicle that hit all five stars, that honour goes to the Nissan X-Trail. Thanks to its dual frontal airbags, ESC and seatbelt reminder system (SBR), it managed to score 15.10 points for AOP assessment, while COP is an impressive 72% compliance.