In the most recent round of crash tests conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme, the Kia Carens MPV received a 3-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection (GNCAP), despite the fact that even the base model of the Kia Carens includes almost all of the important safety features, such as 6 airbags as standard equipment, ESC, Seatbelt pre-tensioners, ABS, Brake assist system, and TPMS.
“Global NCAP welcomes Kia’s decision to make six airbags a standard fit in the Carens ahead of a regulatory requirement,” said Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General of Global NCAP. However, we expected this model to perform better. It is still a source of concern that global car brands such as Kia, which typically receive 5-star ratings in other markets, do not achieve this level in India.”
The Kia Carens MPV demonstrated an unstable structure, marginal protection for the driver’s chest, and poor protection for the driver’s feet during the assessment. According to Global NCAP, the model is still sold with a lap belt in the rear middle seating position rather than a three-point seatbelt. The Kia Carens received 9.30 out of a possible 17 points for adult safety and 30.99 out of a possible 49 points for child safety. The car was tested at a speed of 64 kilometres per hour.
The Seltos was the previous Kia model tested by Global NCAP, and it received three stars for adult occupant safety and two stars for child protection. Dual airbags and ABS braking as standard contributed to its high rating. While its body shell received an unstable rating, it was borderline, according to Global NCAP, indicating room for improvement, most likely through minor changes. However, the driver’s legs and feet are injured as a result of an unstable footwell. Protection for the head, neck, and chest is acceptable. Global NCAP was also disappointed that Kia India did not recommend CRS for the test.