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Hyundai IONIQ 5 and the Volvo XC40 Recharge have received 5 stars ANCAP safety ratings. This makes them one of the safest options when it comes to ‘green’ cars in Australia today.

The medium SUV IONIQ 5 is an electric vehicle (EV) that was introduced in New Zealand in September 2021 and Australia in October 2021.

It scored 88% in adult occupant protection, 87% in child occupant protection, 63% in vulnerable road user protection, and 89% in safety assist.

It’s safety features include:

  • Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags
  • A centre airbag
  • Autonomous emergency braking (Car-to-Car, Vulnerable Road User, Junction Assist and Backover)
  • Lane support system with lane keep assist (LKA)
  • Lane departure warning (LDW)
  • Emergency lane keeping (ELK)
  • Advanced speed assistance system (SAS)

“The IONIQ 5’s good measure of safety performance coupled with its green drivetrain provides families and fleet buyers with a good all-round choice,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.

Meanwhile, the Volvo XC40’s T5 Recharge (a plug-in hybrid) and T8 Recharge (a battery EV) variants were introduced in Australia from July 2020 and New Zealand from January 2021.

Both scored highly in adult occupant protection with a total score of 97%. It also received 84% in child occupant protection, 71%in vulnerable road user protection, and 78% in safety assist.

It has safety features including:

  • Dual frontal, side chest-protecting and side head-protecting (curtain) airbags
  • a driver knee airbag
  • All three grades of autonomous emergency braking (City, Interurban & Vulnerable Road User)
  • Lane keep assist (LKA)
  • Lane departure warning (LDW)

“To ensure safety is not compromised for consumers wanting to buy an alternative-powered vehicle, for battery and hybrid electric vehicles we conduct additional checks to make sure they don’t pose unique risks such as battery rupture or electrical hazards to the occupants or first responders,” Ms Hoorweg added.

Download the technical report for the Hyundai IOQ 5 here and the Volvo XC40 here.