The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan has scored the highest ANCAP rating since testing began 21 years ago.
Announced this morning, the Korean company’s much-hyped flagship managed to score an almost-perfect 36.88 points out of 37 against ANCAP’s regimen, ousting the 36.78 achieved by the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in 2012. Naturally this equates to five stars.
The tally of 36.88 included a frontal offset score of 15.88 out of 16 and a side impact protection score of 16 out of 16. The Genesis also scored 2 out of 2 in the pole test and a whiplash protection test rating of ‘good’.
This regimen includes a 64km/h frontal offset test and a 50km/h side impact test, along with a 29km/h pole test, a whiplash test simulating a 32km/h rear-end crash and a 40km/h pedestrian impact protection test. A minimum number of active safety assist technologies are also required.
As such, the big sedan is targeted at vastly more expensive cars such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS. What remains to be seen is how far the company’s badge cache has come, and just what people are willing to pay for a Hyundai.
If the brand image is the central question, the substance of the car appears harder to question.
Standard safety features on the entry car include adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, a lane support system, pre-safe systems, autonomous reversing collision avoidance, an active lift (pop-up) bonnet and nine passenger airbags including driver’s knee airbag.
“Genesis is Hyundai’s flagship model and as such offers a high level of physical crashworthiness and excellent safety features as standard,” said ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh.
“This is one of the first times we have seen the word ‘Standard’ listed against almost every safety feature on our checklist. Importantly, autonomous emergency braking is one of these standard features – one that has recently been left off many new models hitting our shores.”
According to Hyundai engineers, structural integrity and strength was a priority since development of the new ‘DH’ model began six-years ago. The car uses high-strength steel throughout its body structure.
It is understood the emphasis was equally strong on the car to nail the tough IIHS small overlap test conducted in the US. The Genesis this year performed well in the IIHS's auto-brake testing.
Our first local verdict on the Genesis will be published after we attend the Australian media launch in early November. See our video review from the Korean launch earlier this year here, and our written assessment here.