All 2018 Kia Stinger models now carry a five-star ANCAP safety rating thanks to the inclusion of autonomous emergency braking on the 200S and 330S variants.
The entry-level Stinger grades were originally given a three-star score due to the absence of active safety aids.
“As soon as we were made aware of the unusual situation regarding the original ANCAP rating of the Stinger, Kia Motors Australia took steps to rectify and ensure consistency across the model range,” Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Damien Meredith said.
ANCAP did note the Stinger’s full-width frontal crash test of an Australian specification car resulted in a score of 3.88 points out of 8.00 which gives an overall Adult Occupant Protection score of 85.2 per cent.
In the test, dummy readings indicated poor protection for the head, chest and pelvis body regions for the rear passenger meaning the local result is well down on the 6.45 out of 8 scored by the Stinger in Euro NCAP testing.
It’s also worth noting, Australian models miss out on rear seatbelt pretensioners that are fitted to European Stingers.
All cars manufactured from March 2018 are covered by the latest ANCAP score.
The additional safety tech comes at a cost, prices of the upgraded S models have risen by $1000 - the 200S is now $46,990 while the 330S is $49,990 (prices exclude on-road costs)
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