The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating. The Korean carmaker’s third-generation compact SUV scored an 86% rating in terms of safety for its adult occupants while a rating of 85% was recorded for the safety of child occupants on board.

“The All-New Tucson introduces a wide array of new safety technologies, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, at an accessible price,” commented the COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, Thomas Schmid. “The five-star rating from Euro NCAP is further evidence that quality and safety are built into our new cars,” he added.

Elsewhere, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson scored a 71% rating in both the pedestrian safety and ‘Safety Assist’ category. For this particular test, the 4×2-type Tucson in GLS-spec was equipped with a 1.7 litre diesel engine although it has to be said that Euro NCAP maintains that said score is to be shared amongst all the other variants powered by both petrol and diesel engines.

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Among the features that contributed to the Tucson’s five-star score were the Lane Keeping Assist System, Speed Limit Information Function and Autonomous Emergency Braking system. Also included are Blind Spot Detector, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Vehicle Stability Management while the above average pedestrian safety rating can be attributed to the Active Hood System – which is equipped as standard.

Closer to home, the third-generation Hyundai Tucson is expected to be launched at the tail end of 2015. Said SUVs have already been spotted completely undisguised as they were being delivered atop trailers while the first local sighting of such a car dates back to early August.

Globally, the SUV is powered by a choice of five engines – three diesel and two petrol mills. Since it is highly unlikely the diesel models will be sold here, we can focus on the two petrol options which are comprised of a 1.6 litre GDI mill and a 2.0 litre four-cylinder unit – the latter likely to be made available in Malaysia.

GALLERY: US-spec third-generation Hyundai Tucson