- Kia Sportage and Venga awarded 5-Star safety rating by EuroNCAP
- Korean brand continues to demonstrate commitment to vehicle safety
- Both models available with a host of active and passive safety features
(SEOUL) November 24, 2010 – A duo of new Kia vehicles has been awarded top honours by the leading independent European safety organization, EuroNCAP.
The Kia Sportage SUV and Venga B-segment MPV (sold in Europe only) were both given the maximum 5-Star rating, placing them at the top of their respective classes and in the distinguished company of other Kia models such as the Soul, cee’d and Sorento.
Kia Sportage obtained scores of 93 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection, 86 per cent for Child Occupant protection, 49 per cent for Pedestrian Protection and 86 per cent for Safety Assist. Venga scored 89, 85, 64 and 71 respectively, in the same categories.
Sportage and Venga also received praise for having Electronic Stability Control (ESC) fitted as standard in most markets.
“These latest results from Euro NCAP highlight Kia’s commitment to ensuring exceptional levels of safety in its vehicles,” commented Benny Oeyen, Marketing Director, Kia Motors Europe.
“In the first instance, Kia’s engineers strive to design vehicles that make it easier for drivers to avoid hazards, thanks to good visibility, powerful braking and excellent road holding. However, in the event that an accident is unavoidable, Kia owners also have peace of mind that they and their passengers are protected by the very best passive safety technology,” Oeyen concluded.
The Kia Venga was originally tested in early 2010 and was awarded a four-star rating. Not content with a less-than-perfect score, Kia’s engineers subsequently made a number of changes to the car and brought Venga back to EuroNCAP for retesting. The revised model specification, which entered production in September 2010, performed strongly in all test areas to secure the maximum 5-Star rating.
All Vengas sold in Europe offer buyers ABS with Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Hill Assist Control (HAC), six airbags (dual front, side and full-length curtain), front passenger airbag cut-off switch, active front head rests, all-round three-point seatbelts with front-belt pre-tensioners and reminder warning, ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchors and impact-sensing auto door unlocking.
Sportage buyers will find front, side and full-length curtain airbags with rollover sensor, front passenger airbag cut-off switch, active headrests, ABS, EBD, ESC with Downhill Brake Control (DBC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), adaptive brake lights, all-round three-point seatbelts with front-belt pre-tensioners and load-limiters and ISOFIX child seat top tethers and anchor fixings all as standard across the European model range.