The Hyundai Kona has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The rating applies to all variants of the B-segment SUV sold in Australia and New Zealand from September this year.

In the frontal offset test, the Kona managed to score 14.07 out of 16 possible points, with the passenger compartment holding its shape. Pedal and steering wheel displacements were also well controlled, according to an official report.

Moving on, the model achieved perfect scores in the side impact test (16 out of 16 points) as well as the pole test (two out of two points). Whiplash protection was also rated as ‘Good’, while pedestrian protection is ‘Acceptable’.

All these, along with a full seat belt reminder score of three out of three, contribute to a total overall score of 35.07 out of 37 possible points – enough for a five-star rating.

For the New Zealand market, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), blind spot monitoring (BSM), lane support systems (LSS), and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) all come as standard on the Kona. However, the last item is an optional extra on the Australian base variant.

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