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Hyundai Sonata

Rating
Score
ADULT OCCUPANT
****
27
Front: 9
Side: 14
Seatbelt reminder: 2
Pole: 2
CHILD OCCUPANT
****
37
PEDESTRIAN
**
12


 
Adult occupant protection
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Weak, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Marginal, Left foot: Marginal
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Adequate
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Marginal, Abdomen: Adequate, Pelvis: Good
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildBritax-Römer BabySafe Plus Universal, rearward facing
3 year old ChildBritax-Römer Duo Plus ISOFIX, forward facing
Pedestrian protection

Pedestrian protection

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
ISOfix front
ISOfix rear
Car details
Tested modelHyundai Sonata 2.4 GLS, RHD
Body type5 door sedan
Year of publication2006
Kerb weight1494kg
VIN from which rating appliesKMHEU41BR6A292900

Comments
Front impact
Dummy readings showed that the driver's left knee would have been injured by contact with the lower edge of the steering column shroud. Protection of this body region was compromised for both passenger and driver by structures in the dashboard which presented a potential hazard to the knees and femurs. All three pedals were displaced rearward by more than 100mm, posing a risk of injury to the driver's lower legs and ankles.

Side impact
Hyundai were not satisfied with the original performance of the Sonata in side impact. Euro NCAP allowed Hyundai to make improvements to the car and re-tested the modified vehicle.

Child occupant
The front passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked. The Sonata was awarded maximum points for the protection offered to the three-year old dummy in the dynamic tests (front and side impacts).

Pedestrian
The part of the bonnet likely to be struck by an adult's head was rated predominantly 'fair'. However, neither the bumper nor the front edge of the bonnet scored any points for the protection they offered.

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