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TMR Team | Aug, 19 2013 | 1 Comment

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has released another round of new car safety results, awarding a top 5-Star result to all models in Kia's new Cerato range.

The announcement also came with a surprise outcome for Honda's new Accord, the midsized sedan achieving 'only' a 4-Star rating.

Despite packing an impressive array of safety technologies, Honda's Accord failed the crucial frontal offset crash - a foundation test in ANCAP's criteria.

The results of the Accord's frontal offset crash test showed that protection to the driver and passenger chest was 'acceptable', as was leg protection for the passenger and foot protection for both.

Driver leg protection fell to 'marginal' however, and only the side impact test saw a rating of 'good' for all driver injury measurements.

ANCAP chairman Lauchlan McIntosh described the Accord's results as "disappointing", but praised the car's list of Safety Assist Technologies.

"Key to a reduction in the number of lives lost on our roads is the inclusion of SAT which can help prevent or minimise the impact of a crash," he said.

"Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), lane support systems and adaptive lighting are examples of the technologies consumers should be urging manufacturers to offer as standard in all new makes and models."

Standard safety features for the new Accord include six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and emergency brake assist, tyre deflation warning, trailer stability assist and whiplash-mitigating head restraints.

Upgrading to the VTi-S adds LaneWatch Blind Spot Monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, while optional safety features include Advanced Driver Assist System with Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Lane Keep Assist System, and E-Pretensioner seatbelt for the driver.

MORE: Honda Accord news and reviews

For the new Kia Cerato, the ANCAP results listed 'acceptable' scores for the protection to the driver's chest and the legs of the driver and passenger both.

Driver protection was good In the side impact crash test, and head protection in the side pole test was also rated as good.

Standard safety features in the Cerato include six airbags, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with TCS/ABS/EBD/BA, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) with HAC, ESS (Emergency Stop Signal), Front corner & rear parking sensors, seatbelt reminders on all positions. The Si model adds a rear-view camer with parking guidelines.

MORE: Kia Cerato news and reviews

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