Euro NCAP | Kia Picanto | 2011 | Crash test

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Driver after frontal impact

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26th October
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Adequate, Left foot: Adequate

15.1 pts
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good

7.1 pts
6.4 pts
Neck: Marginal

2.2 pts
11.9 pts
4.0 pts
2.0 pts
Restraint Britax Romer Baby Safe ISOFIX plus
Group 0+
Facing Rearward
Installation ISOFIX anchorages and support frame
9.6 pts
4.0 pts
2.0 pts
Restraint Britax Roemer Duo ISOFIX plus
Group 0, 1
Facing Forward
Installation ISOFIX anchorages and top tether
7.0 pts
See comments
Pedestrian protection

9.2 pts
1.5 pts
6.0 pts
0.0 pts
0.0 pts
ESP Not assessed
3.0 pts
Tested model Kia Picanto 1.0 LX, LHD
Body type 5 door hatchback
Year of publication 2011
Kerb weight 895kg
VIN from which rating applies applies to Picantos of the specification tested
Class Supermini.
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag single stage
Front passenger frontal airbag single stage
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Seatbelt Reminder Driver, passenger and rear
Adult occupant
The passenger compartment of the Picanto remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees, femurs and pelvis of both the driver and front passenger. Kia demonstrated that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Most body regions were well protected in the side barrier test, with adequate protection of the chest. However, the rear door on the struck side opened during the test and the car was penalised. In the more severe side pole test, the door remained fully latched. Dummy readings of rib deflection indicated marginal protection of the chest. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant
Forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward-facing restraint, was not excessive and both the 3 year and the 18 month dummies were properly contained in the side impact test. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position and the Picanto provides clear information to the driver regarding the status of the airbag. A permanently attached label gives a clear warning of the dangers of using a rearward facing seat in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag.

The bonnet was rated as poor or marginal in most areas likely to be struck by a pedestrian’s head. Similarly, the front edge of the bonnet did not provide good protection for pedestrians’ legs. Only the bumper scored maximum points, offering good protection for pedestrians in all areas tested.

Safety assist
Electronic stability control is available as an option on the Picanto. However, its sales as standard equipment are not expected to meet Euro NCAP’s 2011 requirements and the system was not assessed. A seatbelt reminder is standard equipment for the driver, front passenger and rear seats.

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