The all-new Hyundai i30 sedan may not earn top safety marks when measured against the latest criteria.
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The Hyundai i30 sedan is currently “unrated” for crash safety by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) and may only earn four stars if tested locally.

While the 2021 Hyundai i30 sedan meets or exceeds Australian Design Rule safety requirements, ANCAP has become the default benchmark for crash safety because it has more stringent criteria.

ANCAP publishes occupant protection data so consumers can compare the crash safety of Australia’s most popular vehicles. Prior to ANCAP, the crash-worthiness of vehicles was not made public.

The two most recent cars assessed locally by ANCAP – the Isuzu D-Max ute and Toyota Yaris hatch (pictured below) – have each scored a five-star safety rating, in part due to the fitment of centre airbags that are designed to prevent head injuries between the front seat occupants in a severe side impact crash.

The next two crash test results due to be released by ANCAP – for the Mazda BT-50 ute and Kia Sorento SUV – are also expected to reveal a five-star rating because those models also have a centre airbag.

The Hyundai i30 sedan comes with six airbags but lacks a centre airbag, which would likely weigh against it when tested under the latest criteria.

The 2021 Hyundai i30 sedan comes standard with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and radar cruise control. However, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear autonomous emergency braking are only available on the dearer models.

Most other new cars released recently – such as the Isuzu D-Max and Mazda BT-50 – have democratised safety by fitting all available advanced technology across all models.

Hyundai Australia spokesman Bill Thomas said: “We are confident in the safety of our vehicle. We are proud of the standard equipment it gets. We think customers will consider it to be a well-equipped car when it comes to safety.”

When asked if there were plans to crash test the Hyundai i30s sedan locally, a spokesperson for ANCAP said: "Any vehicle entering the Australasian market is a potential candidate for ANCAP testing".

ANCAP lists crash results for more than 750 popular cars tested since 1993.

The not-for-profit ANCAP organisation – which is funded by state and federal governments and motoring bodies – either purchases vehicles or uses vehicles supplied by car makers in its crash tests, but the testing and the assessments are independent.