Hyundai’s long-awaited EV superstar – the Ioniq 5 – has scored five stars in ANCAP safety testing but falls behind its Tesla Model 3 rival
The in-demand Hyundai Ioniq 5 EV that recently arrived in Australia has already been subjected to strict ANCAP safety testing and has been awarded a five-star rating.
For adult occupant protection, the Ioniq 5 scored a solid 88 percent while its child occupant protection result was 87 percent, and the performance of its safety-assist systems received 89 percent.
Much like the new Hyundai Tucson, though, the Ioniq 5 performed worst in vulnerable road user protection, scoring 63 percent.
When we compare these figures with the similarly priced Tesla Model 3 EV, which was introduced to Australia in 2019, the Tesla performs better overall.
For adult occupant protection, the Tesla scored an Ioniq 5-beating 96 percent, but tied with its EV rival for child occupant protection with 87 percent. The Model 3 also nudged out the Ioniq 5 for vulnerable road user protection (74 percent) and received a slightly higher mark for its safety-assist systems (94 percent).
While those results point toward the Tesla Model 3 being marginally safer than the Hyundai Ioniq 5, both vehicles received a five-star rating and offer a wealth of both active and passive vehicle safety.
The Ioniq 5 comes fitted as standard with loads of active-safety gear including seven airbags, AEB with pedestrian and cyclist detection, as well as collision-avoidance assistance for junction turning and crossing, lane-changing, blind-spot, oncoming traffic, and side evasive assist that provides steering assistance.
There’s also a blind-spot view monitor, driver attention warning, lead-vehicle departure alert, auto high-beam, speed-limit assistance, lane-following and lane-holding assistance, reversing AEB and cross-traffic collision avoidance, rear occupant alert, safe-exit assistance, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, and a 3D surround-view monitor with front and rear parking sensors.
These include parametric pixel LED head- and tail-lights which look very 1980s retro, but also super-modern.
The Ioniq 5 is also loaded with sustainable furnishings such as trim made out of recycled plastic bottles and Bio-PET – a recycled yarn used for the headlining, seat coverings and floor.
The Ioniq 5 also comes in a fantastic matte-gold colour which really stands out from the crowd and looks terrific in full sunlight.
About Chasing cars
Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.
Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.
We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022: rich specification for single Australian launch variant, other models to follow next year