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by Sam Rawlings

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has received a five-star ANCAP rating from Australia’s car safety watchdog.

Newcomer to the Australian micro-car market, the Kia Picanto, was also given the top rating.

With an overall score of 35.01 out of a possible 37 points, the Elantra scored full marks in a number of areas including side-impact crash testing (16 out of 16), as well as pole-impact testing (2 out of 2).

Its seat belt reminders also scored maximum marks (3 out of 3).

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“The Elantra performed well in crash testing and is another sound addition to Hyundai’s fleet which sits well with its competitors in the small passenger vehicle market,” ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin said.

Despite receiving top honours, Goodwin feels there is still room for improvement.

“Advanced safety assist technologies are unfortunately lacking on the Elantra, and Hyundai – along with other manufacturers – should step up and include technologies such as autonomous emergency braking (AEB) on all models,” he said.

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The result now means all current-generation Hyundai passenger cars and SUVs carry the coveted five-star rating.

This comes after the 2016 Hyundai Tuscon also achieved the same rating, following a redesign earlier this year. The family SUV initially scored a sub-par four-star rating after its local launch in late 2015.

“We’re very proud of Elantra’s five-Star ANCAP rating,” Hyundai Australia COO, Scott Grant said.

“This is tangible recognition of Hyundai Motor Company’s continued focus on advanced passive and active safety systems.”

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The Kia Picanto achieved an overall score of 34.26 out of 37, performing well in both frontal offset and side-impact tests with scores of 15.12 and 14.14 out of 16 respectively.

Speaking on the Picanto, Goodwin said, “The Kia reinforces that safety should not be restricted by budget with the Picanto providing an affordable five-star vehicle choice.”

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