Hyundai Venue wins Top Safety Pick award after IIHS crash tests

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The new Hyundai Venue for 2020 won the Top Safety Pick award for impact resistance from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Overall, the Hyundai Group – which also includes Genesis and Kia – won Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick Plus awards for eighteen of its models.To earn the best rewards, a vehicle must first achieve the highest “Good” rating from the IIHS in six crash ratings.

It must also be equipped with specific features, so that only certain trim levels will qualify for the highest honors.

For the site, the Top Safety Pick applies only to models equipped with LED projector headlights, which have obtained an “Acceptable” rating which is enough to win the title. In Canada, these lights are standard on the top Ultimate version and optional on the New Trend. Halogen headlights, standard on Essential, Preferred, and Trend trims, were rated “marginal” due to “inadequate cornering light,” according to the IIHS.

The Venue received the highest “Good” rating in the driver and passenger side small overlap front crash, moderate overlap front crash, side crash, roof strength, and seat and head restraint tests.

To earn a Top Safety Pick Award, vehicles must pass all crash tests, then earn “Good” or “Acceptable” for its headlights, and “Advanced” or “Superior” for both vehicles. -prevention of collisions before pedestrians. The IIHS said the Venue had both standard and optional front crash prevention systems, and both achieved “top” ratings for vehicle over vehicle. The standard system was “advanced” for the pedestrian vehicle, while the optional system was rated “superior”.

For a vehicle to obtain the Top Safety Pick Plus for the next stage, the “Good” or “Acceptable” headlights must be standard on each level of finish.

The 2020 Genesis G70 fuel cell vehicle (built after December 2019), Genesis G80 and Hyundai Nexo all won the Top Safety Pick Plus award.

Best Safety Pick went to all models of Hyundai Sonata, Palisade and Santa Fe. When equipped with optional Front Collision Protection, the awards also go to Hyundai Elantra, Elantra GT, Veloster , Kona and Tucson.

The Kia Sportage and Telluride won Top Safety Pick awards, along with the Forte, Soul, Stinger and Sorento when equipped with optional crash protection.

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