2013 Hyundai New Generation Santa Fe has been named as the safest car in its class assessed by Euro NCAP during 2012.  Its scores across all test categories were best-in-class, making it one of the safest vehicles ever tested by the independent vehicle assessment organisation and the best in the "Large Off-Road 4×4" segment –ahead of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Range Rover.

Of the 36 vehicles tested during 2012, the eight top-performers in their segments have been recommended by Euro NCAP for their leading levels of safety across a range of assessments.  In the "adult occupant" category, New Generation Santa Fe scored 96% with maximum points in the side barrier test.  In the "child occupant" category, the D-segment SUV received a score of 89%, and features such as electronic stability control contributed to the car’s score of 86% in the "safety assist" category.

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The new generation Santa Fe is the brand’s first car to be equipped with an active bonnet.  This activates if a pedestrian is hit, reducing impact forces and reducing the risk of serious injury.  The result of this is a ‘pedestrian safety’ score of 71%, making the New Generation Santa Fe stand out among its rivals in this category with the nearest high score being 63%.

Source: Hyundai