Hyundai Tucson was launched in 2004, with the fourth generation reaching the European & American markets. While at the same time, the third-generation model is still on sale in a few countries. Latin NCAP tested the 2021 third-gen Tucson, manufactured in Korea, scoring 0 stars in the crash test.
Crash Test Results
The test version was equipped with standard safety features such as dual front airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seat belt petitioners & driver-side seat belt warning. Other features such as ESC are optional.
Tucson scored 51% for adult occupants, with excellent protection for the user’s chest, head, neck, & knee regions. However, the guard was simply adequate for the driver’s side. The bodyshell stood stable and sturdy enough to take more load.
Tucson performed fine for adults, but it lost points in child occupancy. It only scored 4% for child safety. The middle seat was only equipped with a lap belt, and with the failure of CRS installation, Tucson lost further points. Hyundai did not suggest child restraint systems, leading to zero points in the dynamic test.
In other tests such as the whiplash impact rear impact, Tuscon scored 2.46/3 points & 7.86/8 points in the side movable deformable barrier test. Tucson lost more points due to the optional safety features such as side airbags and electronic stability control.
The lack of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) was another issue for pedestrians. This is a vital feature to tackle pedestrian accidents and avoid any mishaps and close calls.
Although the same third generation is sold in India, the one sold in our country is better equipped than the version tested by Latin NCAP. Hence those test results do not apply to the version sold here.
Hyundai has loaded the Tucson with safety features such as six airbags, vehicle stability management system, ESC, TPMS, hill start assist, ISOFIX anchors, 3-point seatbelts for all in the rear & brake assist. And features such as rear & front parking sensors are standard, along with the reverse parking camera.
This list of safety features indeed is promising & reassuring for the Indian buyers, but that is not all. Hyundai is also testing the fourth generation Tucson to introduce it in the Indian markets. A test mule was spied on our roads, and this fourth-gen model earned a 5-star score in the EuroNCAP.