Hyundai’s just launched mid-sized sedan, the Sonata, has gained a five star safety rating from ANCAP (Australian New Car Assessment Programme).
“The Sonata continues the brand's strong safety mantra earning a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for all variants,” said Lauchlan McIntosh, the Chairman of ANCAP.
"The new Sonata brings excellent all-round safety to our market having cleared the higher hurdles demanded by our 2015 assessment requirements," he said.
To meet the latest five star rating, vehicles have to have a higher level of active and passive safety features than was required two years ago.
The all new Sonata's Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system helps maintain control of the vehicle during critical situations by comparing the driver’s intentions with the vehicle’s behaviour and controlling the Anti-lock Braking and Traction Control Systems (TCS) accordingly to take corrective action.
With an advanced 6-airbag system, the Sonata’s technology promotes maximum safety and accident prevention. Additional standard features include Hill-Start Assist Control, Blind Spot Detection, active height adjustable head restraints and front seat belt pretensioners and load limiters with height adjustment.
There are also front and rear crumple zones, side impact beams and bars, child seat anchor points and child safety rear door locks, dusk sensing headlights and rain sensing front wipers, reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors.
ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.