Kia star Stinger loses some sparkle

Riley Riley

Kia’s new wunderkind the Stinger has stumbled uncharacteristically.

The car, a big GT style tourer, has been receiving rave reviews both here and overseas, but has met with mixed results in local safety tests.

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), the independent body that assesses vehicles, has awarded higher grades a full full five stars for safety.

But it’s marked down the cheaper, entry point models because they miss out on some crucial safety systems – awarding them just three stars instead.

ANCAP chief exec James Goodwin has urged Kia to offer the same safety specification across all variants and all markets to ensure the best safety outcomes.

“Australasian customers should feel let down that important safety features are being left out of the vehicles we’re being supplied,” he said.

Mr Goodwin said the Kia Stinger had generated a lot of public interest and consumers should expect a five-star safety rating for this calibre of vehicle.

“The Si, GT Line and GT variants marketed in Australia, and all New Zealand Stinger variants are well equipped and have earnt the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating,” he said.

“Unfortunately two Stinger variants offered as part of the Australian model line-up – the 200S and 330S – are supplied without the active safety aids provided in other variants and score three stars.”

“Autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist have been omitted from these grades, reducing their Safety Assist score to 25 per cent.

“Australasian variants also lack rear seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters which help manage the forces of a crash, and a penalty has been applied to the full width test score,” Mr Goodwin said.

  1. Bill, loved your story re Lear and the car radio but……not all drivers are created equal, never mind all being competent to a required minimum level! If technology can save them then let’s let it. Don’t care, in fact reassured by the fact that the chariot next to me in traffic is festooned with safety tech.. More critical is driver attention (licence loss for handheld phone for a start), signalling driver intention, reading the road and anticipating – none of which is taught by most driving schools/instructors! I love observing mistakes that learners are permitted to make whilst under the tutelage of so-called “professional & certified” driving instructors!!

  2. Good heavens! So drivers of those Stingers will have to use the brake pedal themselves and actually look in their mirrors!
    Those NCAP tests are a farce.

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