Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Hyundai IONIQ HEV is awarded the EURO NCAP 5 STARS

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors, the official distributor had just launched the all-new Hyundai IONIQ hybrid compact car yesterday and recently, EURO NCAP had tested it and have awarded the car with the overall maximum 5 star safety rating! 

This makes it the IONIQ one of the safest C-segment car you can buy in Malaysia (whether its a hybrid or not). The high specced IONIQ HEV Plus sold here has  features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control as standard. And do note that EURO NCAP's crash tests are usually more stringent and includes extra tests compared to the ASEAN NCAP tests.

The IONIQ HEV comes in at RM103,390.27 OTR with insurance and RM114,165.87 for the IONIQ HEV Plus. What I also think makes this car worthwhile are the warranty and service packages. Most importantly for a motorhead like me is the fact that the petrol powered 1.6 and electric motor produces 265Nm of torque. It has only 141PS but with torque like that, and coupled to a 6 speed dual clutch transmission, it would be quite a rapid little car. 

A hybrid that is not only efficient but fun. Hard to find actually.

Safe and sound: All-New IONIQ Achieves Five-Star

Euro NCAP Rating

 Euro NCAP tested the All-New IONIQ and awarded it an overall maximum

five-star safety rating

 One of the safest models in its segment, the IONIQ offers features such as

Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keeping

Assist and Smart Cruise Control as standard

 Hyundai Motor is democratising electric mobility – with the world’s first car

with three electrified powertrains: IONIQ Hybrid, IONIQ Electric and IONIQ


November 30, 2016 - Hyundai Motor’s All-New IONIQ received the maximum five-

star safety rating from the independent vehicle assessment organisation Euro NCAP.

In the test the IONIQ achieved top marks in the four categories: Adult Occupant,

Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist, proving it is one of the safest cars in

its segment. The IONIQ features a long list of standard active safety features on all

versions including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection, Lane

Departure Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control. With the IONIQ

Hyundai Motor is democratising electric mobility offering world’s first car which offers

customers the choice between three electrified powertrain models: hybrid, electric

and plug-in hybrid.

“The five-star rating from Euro NCAP for the IONIQ underlines the benefits of

Hyundai Motor’s approach to democratising technology,” says Thomas A. Schmid,

Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe. “State-of- the-art active safety

features are fitted as standard in all versions making the IONIQ one of the safest

cars in its segment and a safe and accessible e-mobility choice for customers.”

Superior active safety is a standard feature of the IONIQ

Euro NCAP tested the IONIQ’s standard-equipment Autonomous Emergency

Braking (AEB) with good overall performance. The system alerts drivers to

emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. 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, operates 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. This 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 system was

thoroughly examined by Euro NCAP and passed all tests successfully.

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. These systems 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 further safety feature of the IONIQ.

Passive safety rounds off the impressive Euro NCAP result

As for passive safety, the light yet rigid body is the result of advanced design,

construction methods and materials for the entire IONIQ line-up. Featuring 53%

Advanced High Strength Steel, the chassis benefits from superior rigidity for

responsive handling and is extremely safe, with high impact energy absorption and

minimised distortion in order to protect passengers in the event of a collision. Body

structure improvements, complemented by a high-strength fibre-reinforced rear

bumper, make the entire IONIQ line-up strong and durable. A total of seven airbags

are positioned around the interior of the IONIQ, including a knee airbag for the driver

– another factor that was central to the positive Euro NCAP test result.

The IONIQ Hybrid and the IONIQ Electric are now on sale throughout Europe. The

IONIQ Plug-in will be introduced in 2017.


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