Kia Picanto Euro NCAP results - Clarification of UK specification

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

  • Electronic Stability Control standard on all UK spec Picantos

The Picanto was included in Euro NCAP's latest test results today and received criticism for not having Electronic Stability Control as standard. 

Whilst a 'four star' rating for Picanto was anticipated, and is in line with many vehicles in the A-segment, Kia Motors (UK) Limited would like to clarify that all versions of UK specification Picantos are fitted with Electronic Stability Control as standard.

Electronic Stability Control is standard on Picantos in most European markets but is not standard across all versions in all European markets.  Euro NCAP rate the lowest specification version on offer within Europe and, as such, tested a version without Electronic Stability Control.  We are confident that had this been fitted to the version tested then a higher rating would have been achieved.

All UK specification Picantos are fitted with the following safety equipment items:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with
    • Brake-Assist System (BAS)
    • Hill Assist Control (HAC)
    • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Emergency Stop Signal (Adaptive Brakelights)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Six airbags:
    • Twin front airbags
    • Side airbags
    • Curtain airbags
  • Side Impact Protection System
  • Front Passenger Airbag Cut-off Switch
  • All-round 3-Point Seatbelts
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings
  • Front Seatbelt Pre-tensioners & Load-limiters
  • Impact Sensing Automatic Door Unlocking
  • Child Safety Rear Door Locks

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