Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Kia Picanto 2011

1.0LX , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Aug 2011

Kia Picanto crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 86%
Child Occupant 83%
Pedestrian 47%
Safety Assist 43%

Compare with other cars in the Super Mini category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment of the Picanto remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees, femurs and pelvis of both the driver and front passenger. Kia demonstrated that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. Most body regions were well protected in the side barrier test, with adequate protection of the chest. However, the rear door on the struck side opened during the test and the car was penalised. In the more severe side pole test, the door remained fully latched. Dummy readings of rib deflection indicated marginal protection of the chest. The seat and head restraint provided marginal protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position and the Picanto provides clear information to the driver regarding the status of the airbag. A permanently attached label gives a clear warning of the dangers of using a rearward facing seat in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag.


The bonnet was rated as poor or marginal in most areas likely to be struck by a pedestrian's head. Similarly, the front edge of the bonnet did not provide good protection for pedestrians' legs. Only the bumper scored maximum points, offering good protection for pedestrians in all areas tested.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is available as an option on the Picanto. However, its sales as standard equipment are not expected to meet Euro NCAP's 2011 requirements and the system was not assessed. A seatbelt reminder is standard equipment for the driver, front passenger and rear seats.

applies to picantos of the specification tested