Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle scores 5 Euro NCAP safety stars

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Results from the latest selection of vehicles to be tested by Euro NCAP and its partners have been revealed today.

Cars from Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Mazda all achieved five-star Euro NCAP ratings for safety, with Peugeot / Citroën / Vauxhall’s five-door MPV (people carrier) scoring four-stars.

Hyundai NEXO hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle

In particular, out of this group of five and four-star rated vehicle, the Hyundai NEXO was singled out for praise by the specialists at Thatcham Research. Director of Research, Matthew Avery, said;

“The Hyundai NEXO is the first hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle that Euro NCAP has tested. Its five-star safety rating should dispel concerns around how hydrogen fuel cell powered cars perform in a crash.

“With the NEXO, Hyundai have successfully demonstrated that alternative fuelled vehicles need not pose a risk to car safety.”

Mercedes A-Class

Avery also rated the performance of the Mercedes A-Class;

“Mercedes is democratising safety for the compact class. The A-Class showed top performance across the board – rating highly on passive and active safety protection.”

Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems

In addition, both the Hyundai NEXO and Mercedes A-Class are available off the forecourt with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems which can detect pedestrians and cyclists.

Mattew continued;

“The AEB systems in both vehicles responded well to Euro NCAP’s new, more rigorous testing. Its pleasing to see that carmakers across all categories are stepping up and working with Euro NCAP to do more to protect our most vulnerable road users.”

Mazda 6 and Lexus ES

In the large family car sector, the Lexus ES and Mazda 6 both achieved five-star Euro NCAP safety ratings. The Mazda 6 attained one of the highest percentages this year for Adult Occupant Protection at 95% – this was only bettered by the 2018’s top performer for safety, the Volvo XC40 at 97%).

Avery commented;

“Mazda deliver on safety consistently.”


Of the cars on test by Euro NCAP, the Mercedes A-Class and Hyundai NEXO have ‘Highway Assist’, which combines Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Centring and Speed Assist Systems to support drivers when driving on motorways.

Recently, these systems were appraised for the first time by Euro NCAP, with a view to helping consumers better understand systems limitations instead of relying on them. Both vehicles were believed to offer a good balance of support “with little risk of driver over-reliance on the system(s).”

About Thatcham Research

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