Today is the turn for the 2013 Kia Carens. The South Korean carmaker compact MPV achieved 5 stars in the European New Car Assessment Programme (EuroNCAP) test. After the jump, you can see the full results, with two videos.
According to the Euro NCAP specialists, here are the results:
- Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and fenurs of both the driver and passenger. Kia showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the Carens scored maximum points, showing good protection of all body regions. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated a marginal level of protection for the chest. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision.
- Child occupant
Based on dummy readings in the dynamic tests, the Carens scored maximum points for its protection of the 1½ year dummy. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing seat, was not excessive. However, in the side impact the head of the 3 year dummy was not properly contained within the protective shell of the child restraint, making the head vulnerable to contact with parts of the car interior. The 1½ year dummy was contained in the side impact. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the child restraint types for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the car.
The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians’ legs, and scored maximum points. The front edge of the bumper gave predominantly marginal protection the pelvic region of a struck pedestrian. Head protection was adequate over much of the bonnet surface and windscreen, apart from the stiff windscreen pillars.
- Safety assist
Electronic stability control is fitted as standard on the Carens, and met Euro NCAP’s test requirements. A seatbelt reminder system is fitted for the front seats and all rear seats, including third-row seats in seven-seater versions. The Carens also has a driver-set speed limitation device which met Euro NCAP’s requirements for such systems.