Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Kia Rio 2011

1.2 GLS , 5 door hatch

Test Date: Nov 2011

Kia Rio crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 92%
Child Occupant 84%
Pedestrian 46%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car 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 - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
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 remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings showed good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Kia showed that a similar level of protection would be provided for occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, dummy readings showed good protection of all body areas. However, the rear door on the struck side was found not to be fully latched after the test and the car was penalised. In the more severe side pole test, all doors remained fully latched and protection of the driver was adequate or good. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is given to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. Labels clearly explain the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag.


The protection provided by the bumper to pedestrians' legs was predominantly good. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. Poor protection was also provided by the bonnet in most areas where an adult's head might strike. In the areas where a child's head might strike the bonnet, protection was mixed, some areas offering good protection and others poor.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the Rio, and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. A seatbelt reminder is standard for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A driver-set speed limitation device is available as an option but did not meet Euro NCAP's fitment requirements for assessment in 2011.

applies to all Rios of the specification tested