So for quite a while I’ve been saying that the ANCAP safety ratings system is flawed and this is another example of why I think it is.
There is too much emphasis being put on crash avoidance technology rather then how a vehicle actually performs in an accident and while i think a some of this technology is a good thing. I think it should be split into a different catagory and not effect the scores a car is given for how it actually performs in an actual crash for example if your car doesn’t have one of those seat belt warning lights it not achieve a 5 star rating.
Does it effect how your car performs in a crash well no it doesn’t your car receive the same actual crash score with or without the light.
This is not an outright dig at ANCAP I think they do a wonderful job but I think people should actually read the crash reports rather then look at the pretty stars and take them as face value there is actually more to the story.
Split rating for Kia Cerato
Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has completed its assessment of the Kia Cerato, awarding two separate ratings for the popular small car.
A 5 star ANCAP safety rating has been achieved by all variants with the exception of Cerato S and Cerato Sport which score a 4 star ANCAP safety rating.
“The Cerato performed well in its protection of adult and child occupants, scoring 90% and 83% respectively,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.
“All variants offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support functionality, however the AEB system fitted to S and Sport variants offers reduced performance.”
The entry level Cerato S and Cerato Sport are fitted as standard with a camera-only AEB system which is not designed to react to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. A more advanced camera and radar fusion AEB system is standard on all other variants and available as an optional safety pack on the S and Sport.
The reduced performance of the AEB system fitted to S and Sport variants sees reduced scoring in the Safety Assist and Vulnerable Road User Protection areas of assessment, limiting their overall star rating to 4 stars.
“We strongly encourage vehicles which offer collision avoidance technologies like AEB, however it’s important consumers are aware there can be differences in performance across brands, models and variants.”
“Kia should be commended for offering an affordable vehicle which meets todays demanding 5 star requirements and we would recommend consumers opt for a 5 star variant as they provide added safety benefit to all road users,” Mr Goodwin added.
The above ratings apply to sedan and hatch bodystyles with 2.0 litre and 1.6 litre turbo engines.