Euro NCAP: Five stars for four cars - Hyundai ix35
• Adult occupation score: 90%
• Child protection score: 88%
• Pedestrian protection: 54%
• Safety assist: 71%
Euro NCAP says: The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection for the knees and femurs of both driver and passenger. Hyundai presented additional test data, which showed that similar levels of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and those sat in different positions. In the side barrier impact, dummy readings were good. However, in the more severe side pole test, the curtain airbag got trapped in the door pillar trim and did not deploy fully. As this airbag is intended to provide protection in all types of side impact, a penalty was applied to the head score for both the side-barrier test and the side-pole test. Chest protection was marginal in the side pole test. The seat and head restraint offered good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
Forward movement of the three-year dummy, sat in a forward facing seat, was not excessive. In the side impact, both dummies were properly constrained by the protective shells of their restraints. The front passenger's airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position and clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag. A permanently attached label clearly warns of the dangers of using a child restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag.
The bumper provided predominantly good protection to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet offered poor protection and scored no points. The protection offered by the bonnet was good in some areas where a child's head might strike but was marginal away from the centre. Protection for an adult's head was mixed but most areas tested were poor.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment on all variants along with a seatbelt reminder system for the driver and front passenger seats.