Hyundai’s newly launched IONIQ has received Hyundai Motor’s All-New IONIQ received the maximum five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, receiving top marks in the four categories – Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.
All variants of the IONIQ feature standard active safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control.
Euro NCAP tested the IONIQ’s standard-equipment Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) which alerts drivers to emergency situations and brakes autonomously if required, with good overall performance.
Using front radar and camera sensors, AEB operates in three stages.
Initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it controls the brake according to the collision danger stage and applies maximum braking force just before the moment of collision.
When a vehicle or pedestrian is sensed in front of the car, the system is activated, operating at speeds of 8 km/h or above, and avoids a collision or minimises damage when a collision is otherwise unavoidable.
Enhancing the IONIQ’s standard safety features is the Lane Keeping Assist system including Lane Departure Warning which alerts the driver acoustically and visually if the car crosses road markings without indicating, and applies slight force to the steering wheel in order to guide the driver back to a safe position.
The Smart Cruise Control, fitted standard in every IONIQ, also contributed to the five-star rating.
It maintains a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by accelerating or braking automatically.
The Advanced Smart Cruise Control in the IONIQ Electric also enables stop-and-go functionality.
Besides the technologies tested by Euro NCAP, the IONIQ also offers Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert which warn the driver of surrounding vehicles, passengers or other objects that may lead to a collision if unnoticed while the car is in motion.
A total of seven airbags are positioned around the interior of the IONIQ, including a knee airbag for the driver.