The 2017 Santa Fe Sport by the South Korean car manufacturer, Hyundai when equipped with optional front crash prevention has been announced the winner of the Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Santa Fe Sport SUV has also earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests.
Though, the structure of the mid-size SUV failed to hold up in the small overlap test, which explains that what happens when the front corner of a vehicle collides with another vehicle or any other object like a tree or a utility pole. The measured intrusion was as much as 10 inches at the lower door hinge pillar and as the steering column was pushed to the right, the dummy's head barely contacted the front airbag before sliding off.
Moreover, the driver space of the 2017 model has been maintained quite well with 3 inches of maximum intrusion at the footrest. The movement of the dummy was well controlled, and the head stayed on the front airbag until rebound. “To qualify for Top Safety Pick+, a vehicle must earn good ratings in those evaluations as well as the small overlap test. It also needs an available front crash prevention system earning an advanced or superior rating,” said IIHS in a statement.
“The Santa Fe Sport’s optional front crash prevention system earns a superior rating,” said David Zuby, IIHS chief research officer. “The Santa Fe Sport avoided collisions in IIHS track tests at 12 mph and 25 mph. The system also has a forward collision warning component that meets the NHTSA criteria.”
The 2017 Santa Fe lineup includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System; seven airbags, including a driver’s knee airbag, and ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) with Downhill Brake Control (DBC); and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as standard safety equipment.