27 May 2009
Hyundai i20 (2008 - 2014)

Hyundai i20 (2008 - 2014)

Five star rating for Hyundai i20 in EuroNCAP crashtest

27 May 2009 - The Hyundai i20 was awarded the maximum five-star score in the first round of tests using the EuroNCAP's crashtest new rating system. The i20 five-door model scored well in all four categories assessed: adult occupancy, child protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist.

Notably the i20 scored 88 per cent in the adult occupant protection tests, including the new whiplash assessment. The car's standard active head-restraints, front seatbelt pretensioners and six airbags (front, side and curtain) played a key role in achieving success in the NCAP tests for frontal, side barrier and car-to-pole impacts.

Hyundai i20 (2008 - 2014)

Crucially the i20 scored six out of a maximum seven points in the 'safety assist' category, receiving top marks for its seatbelt reminder and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP). ESP helps to minimise the risk of skidding by applying brakes to individual wheels to direct the car where the driver wishes to go. Euro NCAP now insists that 85 per cent of volume sales should be fitted with ESP as standard before a new car can be eligible for a five-star rating.

The good result for child protection will be of particular interest to family motorists. The i20 scored 41 out of a possible 49 points, easily beating all the other cars in its class.