Kia’s Picanto city car launched in Australia this year with the maximum 5-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), but an audit from the Program has taken some of the gloss from the safety rating.
The audit found an increased risk of injury to the driver, compared with initial findings from May which scored the Picanto at 34.26 points out of 37.
The initial crash testing for the Picanto was conducted by sister program Euro NCAP in 2011, as the current model has taken its time, so to speak, in arriving locally.
But a poorer result from crash testing for a similar model sold in the Indonesian market prompted ANCAP to reassess its results.
“The trigger for this audit test was the considerable variation in structural performance seen on the Indonesian-sold Picanto,” ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin, said.
“We wanted to confirm the validity of our existing rating for the safety of Australian and New Zealand consumers with the key driver being to provide assurance they can rely on ANCAP information when buying a new car.”
ANCAP said with the increased risk of injury to the driver, the rating for chest and leg protection in the Picanto has now moved to ‘marginal’.
However, even with adjusted results, the Picanto retains its maximum 5-star rating in Australia and its score of 34.26 out of 37. The date-stamp reads 'tested in 2013' under ANCAP's date-stamping policy, which reflects the guidelines under which the result was calculated.
“The score obtained in the audit test is still within the 5-star range, but it is important that consumers are made aware of these findings so they can make an informed decision in this highly competitive market segment,” Mr Goodwin said.
The Picanto’s May test awarded it full-points for the pole impact test (two out of two) and seat belt reminders (three out of three), while the frontal offset score was 15.12 out of 16 and the side impact score was 14.14 out of 16.
Whiplash protection was rated as “acceptable”, while pedestrian protection received a “marginal” rating.
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