New Kia Rio ANCAP Safety Results -5 Stars

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New Kia Rio ANCAP Safety Results -5 Stars

December 5, 2011 / 1460 /
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The 1.2 petrol left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. ANCAP was provided with technical information which showed that all Australasian variants have comparable occupant protection.

The tested model of Kia Rio was introduced in Australia during 2011. Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.

5 stars. The Kia Rio scored 14.99 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver. The vehicle scored 15 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test.

Results

Variant: GLS LHD Kerb mass 1150 kg Vehicles built: 2011

Eng: 1.2 litre

Category: CAR – SMALL Tested by Euro NCAP

Important note: The 1.2 petrol left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. ANCAP was provided with technical information which showed that all Australasian variants have comparable occupant protection.

Model History and Safety Features

The tested model of Kia Rio was introduced in Australia during 2011.

Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS), electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and electronic stability control (ESC) are also standard. Intelligent seat belt reminders are fitted to all seats.

Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.

OCCUPANT PROTECTION: 5 Stars

The Kia Rio scored 14.99 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. There was a slight risk of serious chest and leg injury for the driver.

The vehicle scored 15 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further two points in the pole test.

FRONTAL OFFSET CRASH TEST

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4 pts, chest 3.63 pts, upper legs 4 pts, lower legs 3.36 pts.

The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 45 mm and upwards 23 mm. The steering wheel hub moved 26mm forward, 6mm downward and 6 mm sideways. The front (“A”) pillar moved 15 mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the driver’s door could be opened with high manual effort.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. The passenger’s head was cushioned by the airbag. There were no knee hazards.

SIDE IMPACT CRASH TEST

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 4 pts, chest 4 pts, abdomen 4 pts, pelvis 4 pts.

Euro NCAP found that the rear door was not fully latched after the test and a “door open” modifier was applied.

The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The vehicle earned the maximum two points in this test.

PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION: Marginal

The protection provided by the bumper to pedestrians’ legs was predominantly good. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. Poor protection was also provided by the bonnet in most areas where an adult’s head might strike. In the areas where a child’s head might strike the bonnet, protection was mixed, some areas offering good protection and others poor.

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