The latest batch of Euro NCAP crash tests has seen the Hyundai i10 city car manage a four-star rating, while the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class scored the maximum five-star rating.
The Hyundai i10 five-door hatch - which Hyundai says is currently under consideration for sale in Australia - scored the less-than-stellar star rating with percentage marks of 79 per cent for adult occupant protection, 80 per cent for child occupant, 71 per cent for pedestrian protection and 56 per cent for safety assist technologies.
The i10 offered marginal leg protection in frontal crash testing and marginal chest protection in the side pole test for adult occupants. It also saw poor pedestrian protection scores at the front edges of the bonnet and headlights, as well as the areas near the windscreen pillars. But the main reason it managed four stars rather than five, though, is its lack of active safety systems such as autonomous city braking or lane departure warning.
The score puts the i10 behind rivals such as the Volkswagen Up!, which scored five stars in 2011 and puts it on level pegging with its sister product the Kia Picanto and the Mitsubishi Mirage (aka Space Star in Europe) - though both of those cars manage a five-star ANCAP crash test rating (the Picanto is sold in New Zealand).
The only other vehicle tested in this round of Euro NCAP testing was the new-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which scored the maximum five-star rating with scores of 92 per cent for adult occupant protection, 84 per cent for child occupant protection, 77 per cent for pedestrian safety and 70 per cent for its safety assist technologies, which includes autonomous braking that can stop the car from colliding with one ahead at speeds up to 50km/h.
The new Mercedes-Benz C-Class arrives locally in July.
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