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Next Hyundai i30 tops Euro NCAP

2012-05-24 14:49

The next version of Hyundai's European-assembled i30 has earned a maximum five-star safety rating by independent vehicle assessment organisation Euro NCAP.

The results, Hyundai says, place the i30 as one of the safest vehicles in the C segment. It will arrive in South Africa in the next few months.

The car received 90% in the "child occupant" category, scoring maximum points for its protection in both the ‘18-month-old’ and ‘three-year-old’ tests.

90% ON 'SAFETY ASSIST'

In the ‘adult occupant’ category,, with the vehicle providing good protection for driver and passengers. The head restraint and seats were praised for providing good protection against whiplash in a rear-end collision and maximum points were awarded for the front bumper's protection of a pedestrians’ legs.

It scored 90% in the ‘safety assist’ category thanks in part to the car's electronic stability system and front/rear seat-belt reminders which contributed to a score of 86%.

Allan Rushforth, senior VP and and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The five-star rating demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of safety for Hyundai customers. It’s another reason for people to consider the European-built i30 regarding safety, first-class quality, efficiency and generous specification among the car’s impressive list of attributes.”

SEVEN IN A ROW

The new i30 is the seventh consecutive Hyundai to achieve the maximum five-star score in Euro NCAP’s rigorous assessment programme; the others were the original i30, i20, ix35, ix20, i40 and Veloster.

The i30 is sold in Europe with a five-year, unlimited distance, warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.