The Hyundai Kona Electric has been awarded a five-star safety rating from independent crash tester ANCAP.
Interestingly, the Kona Electric is the first battery electric vehicle to be crash tested in Australia.
The electric SUV was subjected to a frontal offset crash test, as an audit test of the Kona line-up which was originally tested in 2017 with a petrol engine.
Under ANCAP’s latest protocols, the frontal offset test simulates a head-on crash with another vehicle of the same mass, travelling at the same speed, a type of collision which represents 60 per cent of serious crashes on our roads.
The test, conducted in September, saw 40 per cent of the front driver’s side of Kona Electric make contact with a crushable aluminium barrier at 64km/h.
The Kona Electric achieved a front offset audit test score of 14.97 out of 16.00, slightly higher than the 14.07 recorded by the petrol engine variant. The result means the Kona maintains its five-star ANCAP safety rating.
ANCAP’s updated safety rating applies to all variants of the Kona released in Australia from March 2019.
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