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Kia Niro Crash Test Video & Safety Ratings
The Kia Niro hybrid recently went through its crash tests with EuroNCAP, and the results have now been released by the European safety testing organization.
It’s good news for Kia, as the compact crossover scored a 5-star safety rating.
The scores, with optional safety equipment added to the new Kia Niro, were as follows: 91% for adult occupant protection, 80% for child occupant safety, 70% for pedestrian safety, and 81% for Safety Assist.
With standard equipment in place, the scores dropped to 83% for adult protection, 57% for pedestrian protection, and 59% for Safety Assist.
The complete details of the Kia Niro crash tests are listed below.
Kia Niro adult protection
In the frontal offset test, the passenger compartment remained stable, with dummy readings showing that the knees and femurs of the passenger and driver had good protection.
Kia were able to show that those same results would be achieved with passengers of different sizes and seating positions. Good or adequate results for the driver were delivered in the full-width frontal impact test.
The Niro picked up maximum points in the side barrier and side pole impact tests, with good protection offered to all critical areas of the body.
Good protection was also the rest of the rear-end collision test, which looks at head restraints and whiplash injuries in the front seat. When the same test was run for the rear seats, the results were that marginal protection was delivered.
When the optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack is added to the Niro, extra whiplash protection is assured. The pack included the autonomous emergency braking system, which did particularly well in the EuroNCAP tests.
Child safety in Kia Niro
The 10-year dummy received good protection in the fontal test, except for the neck, where it was found that protection was adequate.
A good score was given to both dummies in the side impact test, where the Niro picked up maximum points. The passenger airbag in front can be disabled when a rearward facing child seat is placed up front.
The vehicle clearly lets the driver know when the airbag has been disabled, which scored points for the Niro. All of the child restraints that the Niro is designed for could be properly installed.
Video: 2017 Kia Niro safety
A standard seatbelt reminder is in pace for the front and rear seats in the Niro.
A lane assistance system that warns the driver of lane drifting is standard, as is a speed limiter that can be set by the driver.
The aforementioned autonomous braking system scored well in tests, and was able to avoid impacts in a number of different scenarios, whilst also reducing the speed of impact in other tests it was used in.
None of this should really come as a surprise to those of you who closely follow what Kia are up to.
The Koreans have put a major emphasis on safety into all of their models, and they continue to work hard to develop new safety features that will make their cars among the safest on the road.