Hyundai's off-roader got one of the worst ratings in its class for pedestrian safety
22 December 2006

We might have given the new Hyundai Santa Fe three-and-a-half stars out of five in our road test, but it got zero out of four for pedestrian safety in the latest Euro NCAP tests.

Hyundai's seven-seat off-roader scored four out of five for both adult and child occupant safety, but fell down badly on pedestrian safety. However, that still places it above the Jeep Grand Cherokee, which last year also got zero for pedestrian safety and four stars for adult occupants, but only three for child occupants.

The only other large off-roader (Euro NCAP's classification) to get no points for pedestrian safety is the old Suzuki Grand Vitara – and that's no longer on sale.

Along with the Santa Fe, NCAP also tested the Toyota Auris, Kia Magentis and Skoda Roomster. The Auris came out best, with five stars for adult occupant safety, four for child occupant safety and three stars for pedestrian safety. The Roomster was close behind, with five stars, four stars and two stars respectively. The Magentis got four, three and one stars respectively.

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