ASEAN NCAP (the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries) has given the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid a maximum rating of 5 stars. The Korean model is the second hybrid model (after the Toyota Prius) evaluated by the organization which is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global NCAP.

The IONIQ was tested at the facilities of the Korean Transportation Safety Authority (affiliated with ASEAN NCAP) using the more stringent 2017-2020 rating system and achieved an impressive overall score of 91.98 points. It fared well in three categories – Adult Occupant Protection (46.34/50 points), Child Occupant Protection (21.48/25 points) and Safety Assist Technologies (24.17/25 points) making it one of the safest cars in its segment.

The Blind Spot Detection system actively monitors the areas along the sides of the car and alerts the driver (via flashing icons in the door mirrors) if there is another vehicle which may not be visible in the mirrors. ASEAN NCAP is encouraging car companies to include this safety feature in more models.

According to the ASEAN NCAP report, the IONIQ Hybrid was able to score impressively because of its advanced safety equipment. This includes effective braking and avoidance technologies such as Electronic Stability Control, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. There’s also a Seatbelt Reminder System which includes rear passengers as well as ISOFIX mounting points for compatible childseats.

“We are elated with the latest 5-star ASEAN NCAP award to add to the list of IONIQ’s safety awards, including the 5-star Safety Rating by EuroNCAP in 2017 and the 2017 Top Safety Pick+ Award from the Independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the USA. The IONIQ has proven to be one of the safest cars in its class featuring advanced safety features,” said Dennis Ho, MD of Sime Darby Motors (Malaysia, Thailand & Taiwan).

“With a starting price of RM94,788, without insurance and now also without GST, the IONIQ Hybrid is certainly value for money, coupled with its award-winning design and a host of convenient features,” Mr. Ho added.

The IONIQ Hybrid comes with a 5-year or maximum of 300,000 kms warranty and 3 years (or maximum of 60,000 kms) of free scheduled servicing.

For those who are concerned about the battery pack, there’s an 8-year unlimited mileage warranty for the battery and should the battery pack need replacement during the following 8 years, the price is guaranteed to be below RM10,000.

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