Latin NCAP has awarded the 2021 Hyundai Tucson zero stars!

The 2021 Hyundai Tucson was among recent candidates chosen by Latin NCAP for conducting a thorough safety assessment and the SUV did not do well, scoring zero stars.

Latin NCAP tested a model that was made in Korea. It weighed 1705 kg, had dual front airbags, seat belt reminder (for driver only), pretensioner and load limiter, and ISOFIX mounts on the rear outboard seats, as standard.

It did not, however, have, as standard, ESC and side and curtain airbags, while the 2021 Tucson does not come with the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Speed Assist System and Lane Assist System.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Latin NCAP
The test results are valid for the Latin NCAP market

In the adult occupant protection tests, the SUV scored 13.2 points in the frontal offset deformable barrier test (64 km/hr), 7.86 of 8 points in the side movable deformable barrier test (50 km/hr) and 2.46 of 3 points in the whiplash rear impact test.

The side pole impact test was not conducted on the car as it does not offer side head protection as standard. Overall, the 2021 Tucson scored a total of 20.48 points or 51.21 percent for adult occupant protection.

It offered mostly good and adequate protection to both the driver and front passenger (the driver’s knees had marginal protection though) and had a stable bodyshell and footwell area.

As for child occupant protection (18-month-old and 3-year-old dummies tested), the 2021 Hyundai Tucson, Latin NCAP says scored only 2.14 points or 4 percent of the overall available points.

2021 Hyundai Tucson Latin NCAP Child Protection
The car meets the rear impact structure requirements, according to Latin NCAP

The points that were scored were for CRS installation and protection offered to both child dummies were complete in both frontal and side impact tests.

However, since Hyundai refused to recommend CRS and because the car only had a lap belt in the rear central seat, the car scored zero points in both the dynamic test and vehicle-based assessment. Also, the front passenger airbag could not be disconnected.

Meeting the UN 127 standard for pedestrian protection, the 2021 Tucson scored 23.93 or 50 percent of the total points on offer. It scored 14.61 of 24 points for head impact, 0.2 of 6 points for upper leg (pelvis) impact, 6 of 6 points for leg impact.

Finally, Latin NCAP gave the car only 3 points (7 percent) for Safety Assist systems since it does not come with ESC (as standard), a speed limitation device, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Support Systems (LSS), Road Edge Detection (RED) or AEB. The points that were scored were for the presence of the seat belt reminder for the driver.