The new Hyundai Tucson has performed exceptionally well in rigorous safety tests on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean this year: In the United States it was awarded with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) 2015 TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, and in the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) it scored a five-star rating.

The IIHS, which also awarded the new Hyundai Sonata with its 2015 Top Safety Pick+ award, rates vehicles for occupant protection based on performance in five tests: moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints.

Winners of the Top Safety Pick+ award must earn good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front test. Vehicles also need an available front crash prevention system with an advanced or superior rating.

“Hyundai’s redesign of the Tucson earns the 2016 model our top rating in the small overlap front test, and the Sonata retains its acceptable rating,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “Both vehicles have an available front crash prevention system that earns a superior rating in the IIHS auto brake test, a key criterion to qualify for a Top Safety Pick+ award.”

On the other side of the big pond Hyundai’s new Tucson, which will be launched in South Africa in the first quarter of 2016, also received the maximum five-star safety rating from the Euro NCAP independent vehicle assessment organisation. The result underlines the benefits of Hyundai’s approach to democratise technology and safety features across its vehicle range.

Thomas Schmid, chief operating officer of Hyundai Motor Europe, commented: “The All-New Tucson introduces a wide array of new safety technologies, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, at an accessible price. The five-star rating from Euro NCAP is further evidence that quality and safety are built into our new cars.”

The Euro NCAP and IIHS test findings demonstrate that the new Tucson is one of the safest and most comprehensively equipped vehicles in its segment. Hyundai’s use of the latest active safety technologies enhances the car’s impressive safety results.

While only the Lane Keeping Assist System and the Speed Limit Information Function were taken into account by Euro NCAP, the All-New Tucson is equipped with a host of other safety features to help avoid and minimise the severity of accidents.

Among them is the Autonomous Emergency Braking system, which alerts the driver to unexpected emergency situations, braking autonomously if required. Blind Spot Detector, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Vehicle Stability Management complete the comprehensive active safety package.

In addition, advanced high-strength steel represents over 50% of the new Tucson’s structure, for enhanced crash safety.