Motorists with a Hyundai Santa Fe are driving one of the safest vehicles ever tested by the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP).
The new generation Santa Fe has been named safest in its class for 2012 with its scores across all test categories being the best in class.
It scored 96% in the adult occupant category with a maximum score in Euro NCAP's side barrier test.
The car is Hyundai's first to come with an active bonnet, which activates if a pedestrian is hit, cutting impact forces and the risk of serious injury. That helped the Santa Fe score 71% in the pedestrian safety category with its nearest rival given 63%.
The Santa Fe was also named best in the large off-road 4x4 segment, beating the Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
Other Hyundai vehicles to have previously been given a maximum five-star score by Euro NCAP include the New i20,ix20,ix35, i40, Veloster and the New Generation i30.
Copyright Press Association 2013