Hyundai Santa Fe safest large SUV on the market

Article Rich Matthews
Jan 24, 2013
Hyundai Santa Fe 2012 front quarter red

The Hyundai Santa Fe is rated as the safest Large Off-Roader or 4x4 by Euro NCAP.

The Hyundai Santa Fe SUV has been named the safest car in its class in 2012 by crash test body Euro NCAP, beating the Mercedes M-Class and the new Range Rover. The Santa Fe's scored best in class across all categories of the test, which also means it's one of the safest cars ever tested.

Euro NCAP has recommended the top eight scoring vehicles from the 36 tested in 2012 for their excellent performance across the organisation's range of safety assessments. The Santa Fe scored 96 per cent – gaining maximum points – in the side barrier test for adult occupancy. In the child occupancy category, the SUV scored 89 per cent, while features including electronic stability control helped it score 86 per cent in the safety assist category.

The Santa Fe is also the first car to be fitted with Hyundai's active bonnet, which reduces the risk of injury if a pedestrian is hit. The SUV's pedestrian safety score was 71 per cent, with its nearest rival only managing 63 per cent.

Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “Having the new Santa Fe recommended by Euro NCAP as the safest car in its class demonstrates Hyundai's commitment to the safety of its customers and other road users.  The car's inherent safety combined with low CO2, high levels of equipment and emotional design make it the complete package for European buyers.”

The Hyundai i20, ix20, ix35, i40, Veloster and i30 have also achieved a five-star safety rating. To add to the Euro NCAP score, all Santa Fes come with a five-year Triple Care warranty, which offers five years of cover, roadside assistance and vehicle health checks, with no mileage limit.

To view the full Hyundai range, see the CarBuyer Hyundai reviews page.

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