The Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) has given the Kia Cars a 3-star rating in the latest round of crash testing for adult safety. The car has also achieved the same score for child occupant protection. The car used for crash testing was a Made-in-India vehicle equipped with six – two frontal, two side-body, two side-head protection – airbags. It was coupled with Electronic Stability Control (ESC). Together, they prepared for the “most basic safety specifications” in which the India-made Kia Cars was tested. The Kia Carense was also tested for side effects.
According to the NCAP report, under the adult protection category, the vehicle got a total of 9.3 points out of 17, while in the child protection category the vehicle got 30.9 out of 49. For adults, the car provided good head and neck protection, but the chest protection for the driver was modest. Autocar reported that knee protection for both adult dummies was also found to be modest.
Take a look at the crash test here:
For baby dummies—a three-year-old facing the front and a one-and-a-half year old facing the opposite direction—the car provided average protection overall. While the protection for the opposite-facing baby dummy was good, the forward-facing dummy was only marginally protected. The Kia Carens also lost some points for the lap belt provided for the rear center occupant. The child restraint system and ISOFIX mounting points in the car were marked as good.
The Kia Carens, though underperformed, still outperformed its production sibling, the Kia Seltos. In terms of child safety, the Cairns have left the Seltos far behind. However, adult safety in both cars was nearly identical, with the Carens scoring a notch higher on the ratings card.
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