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Hyundai Ioniq 5 2022: new Korean EV gains five star ANCAP safety rating


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. 

Ioniq 5 side impact crash
The Ioniq 5’s central and side airbags did a great job of protecting occupants.

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. 

Ioniq 5 frontal crash
For adult protection, the Ioniq 5 scored a solid 88 percent.

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.

You can read our review of the 2022 Ioniq 5 here, and it has some really cool features which we’ve also covered in detail. 

Ioniq 5 crash
That’s a write-off, but don’t worry it’s all for a good safety cause.

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.