The poor performance of the Kia Picanto in emerging market crash tests continues – Latin NCAP has announced that South Korea’s cheap and cheerful city car scored a zero-star rating, another one to add to the list. The Picanto has already received two similar ratings from ASEAN NCAP for Thai- and Indonesian-market models, both without airbags.
The agency tested the most basic variant sold in the region, again without any airbags fitted – the lack of airbags was deemed as the reason for the poor adult occupant protection result, as the body structure was rated as stable after the front impact test.
It also scored just one star for child occupant protection, due to high dummy readings, a lack of a three-point centre seat belt and the wrong instructions for the installation of Child Restraint Systems (CRS), i.e. child seats.