The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 has been awarded top marks in ANCAP crash testing, scoring five stars against the latest 2021 protocols.

    The mid-sized electric SUV earned its five-star rating on the back of a 88 per cent score for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 63 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 89 per cent for safety assist.

    This five-star rating applies to all Australian-spec Ioniq 5 models.

    It also captures New Zealand-spec models, including the variants with the smaller 58kWh battery pack. Hyundai has suggested the local range could expand to include more trim levels, though it hasn’t indicated whether they’ll use the smaller pack or stick with the 72.6kWh one.

    Standard safety equipment across the Ioniq 5 range includes:

    • Blind-spot assist
    • Blind-spot view monitor
    • Adaptive cruise with stop/go and machine learning
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Intelligent speed limit assist
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Lane-following assist
    • Rear occupant assist
    • Parking collision-avoidance
    • Rear cross-traffic assist
    • Safe exit assist
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Surround-view camera
    • Driver attention warning
    • Leading vehicle departure alert
    • Seven airbags, including a front-centre airbag

    The autonomous emergency braking (AEB) feature, which Hyundai calls ‘Forward Collision Avoidance Assist’, includes the following functionality:

    • Car, pedestrian and cyclist detection
    • Junction turning and crossing assist
    • Lane-change oncoming and side assist
    • Evasive steering assist

    Using the crash testing data collected by its EuroNCAP counterpart, ANCAP gave the Ioniq 5 high scores in the full-width frontal test, the side impact test, and the oblique pole test.

    The safety authority also assessed its ability to not only protect its occupants in a crash, but also the occupants of other vehicles the Ioniq 5 may come into contact with.

    The results of this test showed that the Ioniq 5 presents a low risk to the ‘crash partner’ vehicle with a penalty of 0.22 points applied, which is the best score ANCAP has observed since it was introduced in 2020.

    “The Ioniq 5’s good measure of safety performance coupled with its green drivetrain provides families and fleet buyers with a good all-round choice,” said Carla Hoorweg, ANCAP CEO.

    “We know safety and environmental performance are top-of-mind considerations for the majority of new car buyers today, and it’s pleasing to see Hyundai prioritise 5 star safety in this new market offering.”

    This five-star safety rating for the Ioniq 5 was announced as a batch that included a five-star safety rating for the Volvo XC40 Recharge plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and all-electric variants, as well as a five-star safety rating for the Hyundai Tucson.

    Other notable five-star safety rated battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) that have been tested recently by the Australian safety authority include the Mazda MX-30 that was tested in 2020, the Mercedes-Benz EQA that was tested in 2019, and the MG ZS EV that was tested in 2019.

    The initial allocation of 240 Ioniq 5 models has sold out, with more coming in early 2022.

    MORE: Everything Hyundai Ioniq 5

    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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