Kia Seltos scores 5-star ANCAP safety rating

December 30, 2019

The Kia Seltos has been awarded the full five-star ANCAP safety rating, following recent crash tests conducted locally. All variants receive the top score.

Kia Australia launched the beaut new Seltos in October. But up until now the safety standard, in terms of the local criteria, for the small SUV has been unknown. ANCAP performed its usual variety of crash tests on the new model, as well as analysed its safety assist systems.

After studying the results, ANCAP gave the Seltos a rating of 85 per cent for adult occupant protection, 83 per cent for child occupant protection, and 61 per cent for vulnerable road user (pedestrian) protection. Thanks to standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB) for all models, the Seltos also received a rating of 70 per cent for its safety assist capability.

All models come with lane keep assist and lane departure warning, emergency lane keeping, as well as dual front, side chest, and side head airbags as standard.

More advanced radar-fusion AEB is available as an option on the S and Sport variants, but standard on the Sport Plus and GT-Line. As such, vehicles fitted with the higher-tech AEB are rated 68 per cent for pedestrian protection and 78 per cent for safety assist. ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin, said:

“The Seltos has performed well, but it is important consumers are aware that there are some differences in safety performance for the entry-level Seltos variants. Base models of the Seltos miss out on some of the more advanced features available with the radar-fusion AEB system, and we would encourage consumers to purchase a variant which offers the enhanced collision avoidance capability as this can translate to real differences on the road.”

One of the main differences with the more advanced AEB option is the system’s ability to detect cyclists, along with an improved autonomous braking function at higher speeds. The standard camera-based system offers braking at speeds up to around 55km/h only, ANCAP says. Check out the crash test footage below for more.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.