2006 Hyundai Santa Fe

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2006 Hyundai Santa Fe 4-door SUV
2003 Hyundai Santa Fe shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2001-06 models built after March 2001

Tested vehicle: 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in the 2001 model year. All 2001 Santa Fe models manufactured after March 2, 2001 include a modified accelerator pedal intended to reduce right leg injury risk in frontal offset crashes. Beginning with 2002 models manufacturered after March 2002, they were equipped with standard side airbags for drivers' and front passengers' heads and chests (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of a Santa Fe with the modified accelerator pedal in a 40 mph frontal offset crash test into a deformable barrier. The vehicle was retrofitted with the modified accelerator pedal before the crash test.

A redesigned, larger Santa Fe was introduced in the 2007 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the steering wheel and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

Smeared greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and head restraint during rebound. Head acceleration from the B-pillar hit was high.

Forces on the lower right leg were high enough to indicate the possibility of injury.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0104
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 8
Left (cm) 17
Center (cm) 17
Right (cm) 15
Brake pedal (cm) 7
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 4
Right (cm) 6
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 1
Rearward (cm) 7
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0104
Head
HIC-15 359
Peak gs at hard contact 110
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm) 35
Maximum Nij 0.47
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 3.6
Femur force - right (kN) 4.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 7
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.50
Maximum tibia index - right 0.89
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 3.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 56
Right 111

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2002-06 models built after March 2002

Tested vehicle: 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-door 4wd with standard front seat-mounted combination head and torso airbags

The Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in the 2001 model year. Beginning with 2002 Santa Fe models manufactured after March 2002, they were equipped with standard side airbags for drivers' and front passengers' heads and chests (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

A redesigned, larger Santa Fe will be introduced in the spring of 2006.

Rating applies to 2002-06 models built after March 2002

Tested vehicle:2003 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Santa Fe was introduced in the 2001 model year. Beginning with 2002 Santa Fe models manufactured after March 2002, they were equipped with standard side airbags for drivers' and front passengers' heads and chests (note: information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured is on the certification label typically affixed to the car on or near the driver door).

A redesigned, larger Santa Fe will be introduced in the spring of 2006.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
The dummy's head was hit by the window glass of the rear passenger door. This impact did not produce high head injury measures, but the head protection is inadequate.

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Action shot taken during the side impact crash test showing the driver dummy's head was protected from impact with hard structures by the side airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy's head was hit by the rear door window glass.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0304
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 0.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0304
Head HIC-15 243
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 49
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 38
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.51
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 4.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.2
L-M moment (Nm) 50
A-P moment (Nm) 17

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0304
Head HIC-15 208
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Compression (kN) 0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 43
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 40
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.38
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.82
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.8
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 3.3
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 101
A-P moment (Nm) -29

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2001-06 models

Seat type: All seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type All seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 62
Distance below top of head (mm) 60
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 16.9
Head contact time (ms) 84
Force rating 3
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 275
Max neck tension (N) 1,658

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted