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by Tim Beissmann

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has awarded the Hyundai i45 a five-star safety rating and the recently released Holden Barina Spark a four-star rating after the latest round of crash testing.

The i45 features front, side and curtain airbags as standard, as well as ABS, EBD and stability control. Advanced seatbelt reminders are fitted to both front seats.

Overall it scored 33.53 points out of 37. A total of 14.57 out of 16 points were awarded for the frontal offset crash test, in which the passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver and lower leg injury to the passenger. It scored 14.96 out of 16 for the side impact crash test, where there was a slight risk of serious chest injury for the driver.

The i45 gained four bonus points: two for completing the pole test and two for having front seatbelt reminders.

Pedestrian protection was rated as “marginal”, with generally good results for the head region but partial to poor ratings for the legs.

A left-hand drive European version of the Holden Barina Spark was tested by Euro NCAP, and was awarded four stars and 31.02 points out of 37. The Spark features front, side and curtain airbags, as well as ABS, EBD and stability control, with intelligent seatbelt reminders fitted to the front seats.

It scored 11.02 out of 16 in the frontal offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well but protection from serious chest and leg injury was only marginal for the driver and passenger. It was awarded a perfect 16 in the side impact crash test, and received four bonus points like the i45.

A pedestrian protection test is pending, as the Australasian model has a different bumper to the one tested by Euro NCAP.

ANCAP Chair, Lauchlan McIntosh, said the Barina Spark performed well in the testing, but admitted a risk of chest and knee injury in the frontal offset test prevented it from scoring five stars.

“It is commendable that the Barina Spark includes ESC and six airbags as standard,” Mr McIntosh said.

“This result shows that consumers can have safety as a high priority when buying the cheaper, smaller cars on the market.”




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