Kia Carens gets 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP

Article by Anita Panait, on September 26, 2013

Euro NCAP has awarded the all-new Kia Carens compact MPV with a five-star safety rating. The rating came after the Carens gained high scores for Adult Occupant Protection (94 percent), Child Occupant Protection (76 percent), Safety Assist equipment (81 percent) and Pedestrian protection (64 percent). The Carens is one of only two compact MPVs that were awarded five-star ratings in the 2013 Euro NCAP tests.

Benny Oeyen, Vice President Marketing and Product Planning at Kia Motors Europe remarked that since the beginning of the new Carens’ development program, their engineers were dedicated to creating a compact MPV with the “very best structure and safety technology” to protect drivers and pedestrians. He remarked that the Carens being able to get the highest rating in Euro NCAP that has become tougher in the last five years is a testament to Kia’s ongoing commitment to improving vehicle safety.

Euro NCAP has awarded the Carens maximum point scores for side impact protection against a barrier, child protection for 18-month old infants, front seat whiplash protection and protection for pedestrians’ legs.  Euro NCAP noted that the Carens comes with a ‘belt-up’ reminder for all seats and a driver-set adjustable speed limiter.

It also noted that all of the child restraint types could be properly installed and accommodated in the Carens. The Carens boasts of standard safety equipment like six airbags (front, front side and curtain), seatbelt reminders for all occupants, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signalling).

Kia is not asserting to have re-imagined the MPV with the all-new Carens. Yet, it gives all the room and flexibility of its rivals while providing something they all need: style.

MPVs exist to meet the various needs of families instead of turn heads. The all-new Kia Carens has been created to do both. It shows yet another rendition of the Kia design language spearheded by Schreyer...dynamic, exquisite, renowned, solid and distinguishable. In client clinics performed in Europe, the brand-new Carens beat its major European rivals for its inside and out appearance.

Like the most recent Sportage SUV - another radical takeoff from the model it replaced, and one that has been at the avant-garde of Kia's soaring sales - the all-new Carens is a vehicle people will want to buy as opposed to one purchased out of need.

The brand-new Kia Carens is 20mm shorter, 15mm narrower and 45mm lower than the model it supersedes, which implies that in size it sits somewhere close to the five-seat and seven-seat models from rivals.

However, because of a 50mm addition in wheelbase and lower seat positions, it more than parallels them for space, with generous head, leg and shoulder room in each of the three rows of seats, while providing the significant advantages of increased luggage space and a lower loading lip. The total height of 1605mm is one of the shortest in the class and is even 5mm lower than that of the Soul.

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