The Kia Carnival (known as the Grand Sedona in our market) has been awarded top marks from the ANCAP after a series of crash tests. The South Korean people mover was credited with this score thanks to a good all-round safety specification both inside and out throughout the range.
The Kia Carnival showed its strengths in Adult Occupant Protection with maximum points scored in the side impact and oblique pole tests, and good scores in the challenging MPDB frontal offset and full-width frontal tests. It didn’t perform too badly in the Child Occupant Protection test either, with frontal offset and side impact resulting in full marks.
The Kia Carnival is likely to be used by families with a number of young children which is why the inclusion of top tether and ISOFix anchorages for five of its six rear seating positions is a major advantage as it gives owners a wide range of options for the installation of child restraints.
Notably, performance testing of the autonomous emergency braking of the Kia Carnival system showed good results with collisions avoided or mitigated in all vehicle-to-vehicle test scenarios. Similarly, the Carnival’s ability to detect and react to pedestrians was good, but cyclist detection was rated as adequate.
“The rating for the Kia Carnival has been highly anticipated by families, fleet buyers and hire car companies, and Kia is to be congratulated for this result,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg.
“Safety is critical in the People Mover segment given the primary use of these vehicles in transporting a large number of passengers. It’s pleasing to see the most recent model releases to this segment, including the Carnival, have factored safety into the fundamentals of their design and specification. This is not a segment in which safety should be compromised.”
“We’re hopeful upcoming models in this segment slated for release later this year will also strive to offer their customers an equivalent high level of safety,” Hoorweg added.