There's no denying that cars are safer than ever but what does the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety think of the Hyundai Kona? The IIHS has recently put it through its paces and it's safe to say that it passed with flying colors, so much so that the Institute has given it their Top Safety Pick + award.
In the crash test itself, the Kona was rated Good in the moderate overlap and the tougher small overlap test. Testers noted that there was minimal intrusion in the cabin, allowing for front occupants to walk away from a 64 km/h frontal impact with little to no injuries. The seats held up well too, with minimal movement from the dummies.
Side impact was also rated good, so too was roof strength, meaning the Kona will fare well in an event of a rollover crash. Like the frontal impact, testers said that occupants can walk away from a 50 km/h side impact crash relatively unharmed, provided that all passengers are wearing their seat belts. On that note, the IIHS would like to remind those seated at the back to always wear their seatbelts when in travel, as well.
The inclusion of stability control as standard drew praises from the IIHS, along with side and curtain airbags which provide extra protection when accidents happen. Philippine-spec Konas do come with these extra set of airbags as well. Mounts for child seats are also seen in the Philippine models, as well as a tire pressure monitoring system.