Hyundai Australia has released a behind-the-scenes video documenting the crash testing of the new 2012 Hyundai Elantra conducted by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The film shows rarely seen footage from within the RTA’s Crashlab facility where ANCAP puts vehicles through their paces to test their safety credentials.

According to Jack Haley from ANCAP and the NRMA, the crash test vehicles – and their four crash dummy occupants – take several days to prepare. He said thousands of readings were recorded and analysed during the crash tests.

The video shows the Elantra undergoing three crash tests: the offset frontal test, the side impact test and the pole test.

As reported yesterday, the new small Hyundai sedan scored 33.21 points out of 37, giving it a five-star ANCAP safety rating.

It scored 14.24 out of 16 for the offset frontal crash test and 13.97 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. The report said there was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver and a slight risk of lower leg injury for the driver and passenger. It also scored five bonus points for completing the pole test and for having seatbelt reminders fitted standard for front and rear passengers.

Read CarAdvice’s full drive review of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

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  • FrugalOne


    Said it before and say it again, 5***** is now to low

    I think they should bypass 6****** and get the top rating to be 7*******

    EVERY modern car/brand [sorry, thats not you China, for now] will easily reach 5***** needes to be raised to a higher limit, better/safer for all of us.

    • UMWHAT

      come on man we dont want cars getting heavier

  • Staggers

    No mention of a side airbag failing in one of the Elantra’s crash tests? And yet it was still awarded 5 stars.

    • idlebrain

      Fail? when? I replayed the side and pole impact part twice but I can’t find.

    • Gimp

      Side airbags often utilize suppression systems to turn off the bag if an occupant is detected to be near the side bag. And they won’t deploy on just a frontal collision.

      The side airbags deployed in the side impacts I saw.

      • Staggers

        There was more then one Elantra tested. During the side impact test the torso airbag malfunctioned.

        • Gimp

          Even if an airbag does fail, the safety rating is measured on the potential harm/damage done to the occupants.

          Saying a car should not get a maximum safety rating because an airbag fails is a load of rubbish. If the occupants are protected, that’s what matters.

          Or perhaps you’d prefer a car which totally crumbles and impales the occupants as long as the airbags deploy?

          • Don Quay

            Gimp, Your comments make no sense. I have never heard of a sensor detecting how far or near you are to the side of the car and I am sure a cheap car like this wouldn’t have something so magical. The only sensors that are fitted in regards to passengers are whether or not someone is in the seat, not the distance between them and the window. And anyway in a crash they go to great lengths to ensure the dummies are seated properly, for the sake of consistency.

            The fact is that in the first pole test the airbag did not deploy. The test was redone. If the tests are identical, then the bag should deploy everytime. The car was faulty, but you seem to think that this is OK. Saying it doesn’t matter is a load of rubbish. Would you like to be in a crash were the airbag failed to deploy when it should have? Maybe Hyundai should advertise that tests show that side airbags deploy 50% of the time in crashes.

            I also wonder why CA failed to mention the airbag failure in the article.

  • Corkas

    Something about seeing a Hyundai crash just makes me happy.

  • Charles Dean

    Was this Hyundai frozen? The photo above the way all the pieces have broken off is like when you freeze a ping pong ball and crush it how you get small bits.