According to the latest vehicle safety tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), the all-new UK spec Hyundai Tucson proved to be among the safest vehicles for 2015. In fact, the independent vehicle assessment organization gave it their maximum 5-Star ranking.
This is because of Hyundai’s efforts to up the ante of the Tucson’s safety features. Not only does it have a Lane Keep Assist System and a Speed Limit Information Function, it also comes with several advanced active and passive safety features for occupants and pedestrians. Among these is the Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEB). This active safety feature alerts the driver of a possible collision ahead using radar and camera. The system can also activate the brakes automatically should the driver not react in time.
Other active safety features include Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Vehicle Stability Management System. The Rear Cross Traffic Alert supplements the backup sensors. It warns the driver if a person or a vehicle is entering the left or the right side of the backup path, hence the name “Cross Traffic”. Hyundai also fitted the all-new Tucson with an Active Hood System. This system raises the hood to soften the blow in a frontal pedestrian collision.
Unfortunately though, most of the advanced safety features listed above are not available for the Tucson here in the Philippines.
Thankfully, the local spec Tucson does come with the Vehicle Stability Management and Hill Start Assist. It’s also worth noting that globally, the latest Hyundai Tucson now rides with a more rigid body frame. This is achieved using Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS), thus strengthening body rigidity by 51%.