Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Hyundai Santa FE 2012

2.2 Diesel 'Comfort' , 5-door SUV

Test Date: Nov 2012

Hyundai Santa FE crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 96%
Child Occupant 89%
Pedestrian 71%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Large SUV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both front seat occupants. Hyundai showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the Santa Fe scored maximum points with good protection of all body regions. Even in the more severe side pole impact, protection of the chest was adequate while that of other body regions was good. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. Clear information is provided in the car about the dangers of using a rearward-facing restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag.


The Santa Fe scored maximum points for the protection provided by the bumper to pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was predominantly poor or marginal. The car has an active 'pop-up' bonnet. Sensors in the bumper detect when a pedestrian has been struck and the bonnet is lifted to provide additional clearance to hard structures beneath. Hyundai showed that the system worked over a range of speeds and for different pedestrian statures so the bonnet was tested in the deployed position. In those areas likely to be struck by a child's head, protection was almost all good. In those areas where an adult's head would strike, protection was good on the bonnet surface but was marginal or poor along the bottom edge of the windscreen.

Safety assist

The Santa Fe has electronic stability control as standard and the system met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is also standard for driver and front passenger seats but there is no system for the rear seats. The car's standard-fit driver-set speed limitation device met Euro NCAP's requirements.

applies to all Santa FEs of the specification tested