ANCAP has completed its assessment of the new Kia Cerato with two separate ratings awarded across the line-up.
Achieving only a four-star ANCAP safety rating were the Cerato S and Cerato Sport variants whilst the Sport+ and GT versions achieved the maximum five-star score.
ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin, commented: “All variants offer autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support functionality, however, the AEB system fitted to S and Sport variants offers reduced performance.”
Entry-level variants Cerato S and Cerato Sport are fitted with a camera-only AEB system which is not designed to react to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
Higher grades are fitted with a more advanced camera and radar fusion AEB system, though it is available for the S and Sport models as part of an optional safety pack.
Due to the different AEB system, the S and Sport achieved 71 per cent for Safety Assist and 55 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection. Scores of 90 per cent and 83 per cent were achieved for Adult Occupant Protection and Child Occupant Protection respectively.
All other variants achieved 73 per cent and 72 per cent for Safety Assist and Vulnerable Road User Protection with the same scores achieved for the remaining two tests as the S and Sport.
The new ANCAP safety ratings apply to both sedan and hatch body styles of the new Cerato.
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