KIA Cerato 2008

with dual front airbags

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3 ANCAP Star RatingANCAP Logo
Crash TestScoreMaximum Score
Overall Score19.9out of 37
Offset crash test10.02out of 16
Side impact crash test8.88out of 16
Pole test (Optional)0out of 2
Bonus points1out of 3
Data suplied by euroNCAP


The tested model of Kia Cerato was introduced in Australia during 2006. Side airbags and side curtains became available in 2007.

The Cerato scored 10.02 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape reasonably well. Protection from serious leg injury was marginal for the driver. Chest protection was marginal for the passenger.

The vehicle scored 8.88 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. Chest protection was poor and abdomen protection was weak for the driver.

Important note: The left-hand-drive European model was offset-tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.


Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual front airbags are standard equipment. Side airbags, head-protecting side curtains and antilock brakes (ABS), are optional. Electronic stability control is not available. An intelligent seat belt reminder is fitted to the driver seat.

The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pre-tensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point (lap) seat belt.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 10.02 pts (out of 16)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 2.59 pts
Upper Legs 2 pts
Lower Legs 1.42 pts

The passenger compartment held its shape reasonably well in the offset crash test. The clutch pedal moved rearwards by 132mm and upwards 56mm. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 12mm and sideways 26mm. The front ("A") pillar moved 42mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash high manual effort was required to open the driver’s door.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column and dash components were a potential source of injury for the driver and passenger knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

What is frontal offset crash?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Crash Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 8.88 pts (out of 16)
Head 4 pts
Chest 0 pts
Abdomen 0.88 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

This rating is based on an ANCAP test of a Cerato without the optional side and curtain airbags. The vehicle was therefore not eligible for an optional pole impact test.

ANCAP has been advised that the Euro NCAP side impact test of a curtain-equipped Cerato is not applicable to the Australian model.

What is side impact crash?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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1-Star Pedestrian Rating

Pedestrian Summary

A separate pedestrian impact test is conducted. This test estimates injuries to pedestrians struck by a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h. The more stars the better (maximum 4 stars).


Pedestrian Rating Explained

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Pedestrian Rating - please view table for scores

Green Vehicle Guide

Combined Fuel Consumption CO2 Greenhouse Rating Air Pollution Rating Overall Rating
7.8 L/100km 187 g/km 6.5 Greenhouse Rating 6.5 /10 5 Air Pollution Rating 5 /10 3.5-Star Overall Rating

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