Hyundai Santa Fe named the best 4×4 for safety

The New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been named the safest large 4×4 tested in 2012 by crash safety experts Euro NCAP.

The spectacular new Hyundai Santa Fe SUV recorded best-in-class scores in every possible category of the test, making it one of the safest vehicles of any kind ever put through the rigorous assessment programme.

The car scored 96% in the adult occupant category, aided by seven airbags fitted as standard, recording maximum points in the side impact test.

As a practical family vehicle offering the option of five or seven seats, if you’ll be carrying your children and board you’ll be pleased to hear the Santa Fe’s carefully designed and engineered safety protection means an 86% rating in the child occupant category, too.

Euro NCAP rated the car at 71% for pedestrian protection – an extremely good score for a high-riding large off-roader, and 8% more than the next best ranking – achieving maximum points for the protection the car’s front bumper affords to a pedestrian’s legs.

An active ‘pop-up’ bonnet initiated by sensors in the front bumper cushions the impact with a pedestrian too, again helping the Hyundai Santa Fe’s top safety rating.

With standard fit driver aids, such as electronic stability control and brake assist – a feature that recognises a sudden application of the brakes, bolstering braking force by applying full brake pressure to improve stopping distances – the new premium Korean SUV scored highly in the safety assist analysis too, receiving a grade of 86%.

The New Generation Hyundai Santa Fe is a superbly safe car – reassuring if you’ve got friends and loved ones on board – and thanks to its super-strong but lightweight construction, it’s also brilliantly agile and engaging to drive.

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The punchy 197hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine whisks the Santa Fe from 0-62mph in 9.4 seconds, while the grippy, sure-footed handling and communicative steering give great feedback from road to helm.

Alongside the safety and performance benefits, the Santa Fe is also amazingly efficient for a large 4×4. A range best fuel consumption of 47.9mpg combined with 155g/km CO2 emissions means Hyundai’s halo model won’t cost – or damage – the Earth to run.