Having just been launched in the country, the Hyundai IONIQ has garnered a Euro NCAP 5-star rating.

In the stringent Euro NCAP 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.

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.

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. The pertinent passive safety features available for the IONIQ include Advanced High Strength Steel, high-strength fiber-reinforced rear bumper, and a total of seven airbags .

The Hyundai IONIQ is offered in seven color choices; Phantom Black, Polar White, Platinum Silver, Aurora Silver, Iron Grey, Marina Blue and Phoenix Orange (HEV Plus). Price for the IONIQ HEV is RM99,888 and the IONIQ HEV Plus goes from RM110,388, all minus insurance and additional charges.

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