Kia launched their 7-seater MUV Carens in the market earlier this year. The MPV has now scored 3-star rating in a crash test that was conducted by the Global New Car Assessment Programme or Global NCAP. Just like other cars that have undergone the test in the past, the Kia Carens that was tested here was the variant with basic safety features. Kia offered many of the safety features like six airbags, ESC, seatbelt pretensioners, ABS, all wheel disc brakes, brake assist system and TPMS as standard across all variants. Global NCAP has been testing several cars that are available in Indian market as part of their Safer Cars for India programme.
3-Star rating in the crash test is actually not great but an average score for an MPV which comes with so many safety features as standard. Kia Carens secured 9.30 points out of 17 in adult occupants protection. Kia Carens secured 30.99 points out of 49 for child protection. Global NCAP mentions that structure and footwell area of the Carens was unstable and the body shell was not capable of absorbing further impacts. The tested however mentions that the car offered good neck and head protection to the dummies inside the Carens. The driver’s chest protection was however rated marginal. The front occupant knee protection was also rated marginal.
Coming to the Child occupants in the car, Kia Carens gets ISOFIX mounting points and child restraint system. The car however offered only limited protection to the dummy of a 3-year old. The rating for the 1.5 year old dummy sitting in rear facing seat were rated good. Global NCAP also noted that the Carens gets a lap belt for passenger sitting in the centre in the middle row seat. Kia Carens lost some points due to this as well. Normally 3-pointer seat belts are a lot more safer than the lap belts. Kia offers Carens with six airbags which include side or curtain airbags. GNCAP tested Carens for side impact and the car passed the test without any problems. Alejandro Furas, secretary general of Global NCAP, said, “We expected a better performance from this model. It remains a cause for concern that global car brands such as Kia, that normally achieve 5-star ratings in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India.”
Kia Carens is a 7-seater MUV that was introduced in the market recently. It is the third made-in India product from Kia for Indian market. Kia Carens is actually based on Seltos which is a popular mid-size SUV in the market. The Carens is offered with features like ventilated seats, touchscreen infotainment system, electric sunroof, automatic climate control, integrated air purifier, roof mounted AC vents, leatherette upholstery and so on. The Kia Carens has several connected car features which are quite common in cars these days. It is offered with two petrol and one diesel engine option. The diesel version is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged unit which comes with manual and automatic transmission option. The petrol engine on offer is a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated unit which gets manual and IVT gearbox. The next is 14 litre turbo petrol engine which gets manual and a 7-speed DCT gearbox option.