Hyundai Tucson – “disappointing” 4-star ANCAP rating


The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has been awarded a four-star safety rating in the latest round of testing conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). Unlike its European counterpart – which was awarded a maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP – the right-hand drive Hyundai Tucson 2.0 GDi 2WD model tested was not equipped with the pop-up bonnet to improve pedestrian safety amongst other features.

All in all, the Tucson scored a total of 32.46 out of a maximum 37 points. For the frontal offset test, the car scored 11.46 out of 16 points while the side impact test yielded a much better score for the new crossover – a maximum 16 points was awarded. It also achieved a max rating in the pole test.

Safety equipment present as standard on the model tested here include dual frontal, side chest and curtain airbags along with electronic brake distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). Advanced seat belt reminders are also fitted as standard to all seats.

“The result is disappointing and unexpected for a new vehicle in this competitive class,” James Goodwin, ANCAP CEO told CarAdvice. “It’s important for consumers to understand 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,” he added.

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Hyundai Australia, meanwhile, quickly responded, saying that, “Hyundai Motor Company engineers are currently examining the data from the ANCAP 64km/h frontal offset test in order to determine what changes may be necessary to achieve a five-star score.” It also intends to have the Tucson reassessed by ANCAP “as soon as possible” in pursuit of an improved rating.

On the local front, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is all set to have its local introduction anytime now – word on the vine is that the crossover will make its Malaysian appearance no later than November.

Preliminary specs include mentions of a single engine choice coupled to two trim levels – Elegance and Executive. Estimated prices are noted to hover about the RM130k-140k mark. A sole 2.0 litre multi-point injection (MPi) four-cylinder petrol engine is expected to power the Tucson – said mill puts out a total of 155 PS and 192 Nm. A six-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.

GALLERY: 2016 Hyundai Tucson on display in Malaysia

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An “actor” by training, Gregory Sze realised that he has had enough of drama in his life. Following his number one passion (acting was actually number two), he decided to make the jump into the realm of automotive journalism. He appreciates the simple things in life – a simple car with nothing but back-to-basics mechanical engineering and minimal electronics on board.



  • dodgeviper88 on Nov 12, 2015 at 9:30 am

    meanwhile in Malaysia the PM’s department is considering giving a public holiday as Proton has earned a 4-star ANCAP rating

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    • frossonice on Nov 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Bashing for the sake of bashing.

      Even Sam Lorr is smarter than you la..

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      • Same L0rrrr on Nov 12, 2015 at 5:27 pm

        I always base on fact.
        Kimchi no RV – fact
        Proton no quality – fact
        Foreign car so expensive to protect Proton – also fact!
        You won’t go wrong with sushi cars – common sense.

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    • Apa kebodohan ini?

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  • Alwi0206 on Nov 12, 2015 at 9:45 am

    The Hyundai Tucson is being launched today at their new Training Academy in Menara TSR, Mutiara Damansara (between Proton Platinum Centre and McLaren KL). 5 units under wraps at the.

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  • dennis on Nov 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    just in time for its official launch in Malaysia today.

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  • Before, safety ratings/rankings were based on occupant safety – should it have airbags that help occupants survive the crash, or rear seat seatbelts installed with the help from isofix. Not to mention the structural integrity of the cabin cell and roof pillars that make up the ratings.

    Now, even if occupants were to survive without any serious injuries in 90km/h crash, without ‘autonymous braking’ or ‘collision warning/mitigation’ or even ‘on-star’-like features that would inform emergency personels, – in this case a pop-up hood for pedestrians, may not receive a full 5 star.

    Its somewhat a great move for E-NCAP, ANCAP etc to base ratings not just on occupant safety during a crash but also mitigation systems prior to one or pedestrian/cyclists safety, but this means car manufacturers like Proton may not see international 5 star ratings anytime soon.

    We need to see not just 6 airbags (UMW toyota – 2 FFS!) installed, but more electronics to take over/inform driver about impending crash and post-crash which means a slight increase in selling price for Malaysia’s pricing strategy.

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  • Kiedis on Nov 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    That’s because they used the real unit for tests, unlike some brand using the ‘special modded’ cars….

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  • camtakpro on Nov 12, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Good. All lesser than 6 airbags and TC/VSC-less model should have the title “disappointing” in all Paultan article. And those safety should apply to all variants, otherwise the “disappointing” title remains.

    eg. Here’s how some title should looks like:
    – The New “disappointing” Vios 2015 facelift,
    – Year-end “disappointing” promotion for Vios
    – New “disappointing” MyVi variant XYZ
    – The New Sylphy
    – The New “disappointing” Altis 2015

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    • Sammy Loo on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Altis 2.0V with safety package is not a disappointing one.

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      • camtakpro on Nov 13, 2015 at 11:39 am

        As long as there is one variant without adequate safety package by default, it is 100% confirmed to be disappointing. Toyota Altis 2.0V, 1.8G and 1.8E are having only 2 airbags – so, the title should be still: The New “disappointing” 2015 Toyota Altis.

        Otherwise all the cars in the world can argued to be NCAP 5-star as safety package is optional?

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