We only have one safety goal for any Hyundai vehicle: to be a class leader. That’s the reason our Hyundai passenger vehicles (not including iMax and iLoad) have a 5-Star ANCAP rating - the best you can get. It’s why you’ll find no less than 9 airbags in the i40 wagon, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard across the range. It’s also why Hyundai vehicles are packed with technology that actively improves car safety - including reversing cameras and sensors on many elite models. Like a lot of smart technology, it tends to generate a lot of acronyms. So here’s a guide to what they mean.
(Electronic Stability Control)
It’s hard to over-state just what a difference to safety ESC can make. Some say it’s the most important advance in safety since ABS brakes, the airbag or even safety belts. We agree. Which is why, in 2007, we became the first mainstream manufacturer to introduce Electronic Stability Control as standard on all New Zealand-new vehicles.
ESC works by electronically controlling engine torque and each of the four brakes when it senses that a vehicle is losing traction and veering off course. Independent research shows
that cars equipped with it are a third less
likely to be involved in a collision.
(Anti Lock Brake System)
ABS helps shorten braking distance and helps to maintain steering control in emergency situations. It achieves this by monitoring individual wheel speeds and controlling the braking pressure to each wheel to prevent a skid.
(Emergency Stop Signal)
When the ESS system senses emergency braking, it automatically flashes the rear brake lights 3 times and activates the hazard lights until the vehicle starts moving again - providing a warning to any surrounding traffic.
(Traction Control System)
TCS maximises accelerating and climbing abilities by preventing wheelspin when the car accelerates or moves forward from a stopped position. If a tyre begins to slip under power, TCS quells the spinning by activating the brake on that wheel.
(Electronic Brake Force Distribution + Brake Assist System)
EBD ensures the best allocation of braking power among the front and rear wheels - depending on how weight is distributed, even as it changes under braking. For example, if there is luggage and rear passengers onboard, EBD distributes more of the braking force to the rear wheels, making it safer and more predictable. In emergency braking, BAS (Brake Assist System) instantly increases the car’s braking power to enable it to stop faster.