The Australasian NCAP (ANCAP) crash-tested the Kia EV6, awarding it a full five-star safety rating. In adult occupant protection, the all-electric vehicle received 34.48 points out of a possible 38, while in kid occupant protection, it received 42.96 points out of a possible 49. The studies also found that road user protection received a 64 percent rating, while safety aid features received an 88 percent rating. The announcement comes only days before the model goes on sale in India, and it adds to the model’s strong points. Please keep in mind that the Global NCAP crash test programme is not the same as the Australia NCAP crash test programme. ANCAP conducts a full front offset test, full-width frontal test and a side impact test.
The Kia EV6’s single and dual motor variants are all protected by the five-star safety grade, according to ANCAP. In the frontal offset (MPDB) test, the passenger compartment remained stable. The driver’s chest and lower legs were only marginally protected, according to dummy readings. Meanwhile, dummy readings for the front passenger suggested that the lower legs were adequately protected. The test findings also showed that all other key body regions for both the driver and the passenger are adequately protected.
In the full-width frontal test, the Kia EV6 provided good protection to all vital body regions of the driver and rear passenger.
The driver dummy’s protection in the full-width frontal test was assessed as good for all key body parts, while the rear passenger’s chest was graded as satisfactory. For the driver and rear passenger, the car provided adequate protection to all other essential body regions.
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The EV6 provided excellent protection to all vital body regions in the side impact and oblique pole tests, achieving maximum marks. In side-impact incidents, the centre airbag helped protect against occupant-to-occupant interaction and offered good head protection for both front seat occupants. Minimal excursion was also observed in the far side-impact tests, where the occupant slides from one side of the car to the other.
In both tests, the six and ten-year-old dummies provided adequate protection, resulting in a high child occupant protection score.
In the frontal offset test for six and ten-year-olds, the Kia EV6 provided adequate protection. The head of the 10-year dummy received minimal protection in the side impact test, while the bodies of the dummies were graded as good. All rear seating locations in the EV6 have ISOFix anchorages and top tether anchorages.
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Speaking about the EV6’s crash test results, ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Carla Hoorweg, said, “The Kia EV6 is equipped with the range of collision avoidance systems we’ve come to expect in today’s five star cars, and it performed particularly well for its ability to prevent collisions with cyclists, and oncoming vehicles in avoidance tests simulating intersection turns.”
The EV6 for Australia and New Zealand is offered in a number of variants and the 5-star rating is applicable for all
Launched in Australia and New Zealand in February this year, the Kia EV6 comes equipped with dual front and curtain airbags as standard. The centre airbag provides protection to front seat occupants in side impact crashes across all trims. The electric offering also gets electronic aids with ADAS and this brings Autonomous emergency braking, lane support system with lane keep assist (LKA), lane departure warning (LDW) and emergency lane keeping (ELK), and an advanced speed assistance system (SAS) as standard. The EV6 is sold with the 58 kWh and the 77.4 kWh battery options in Australia with single and dual motor configurations.
The Kia EV6 arrives in India in the RWD and AWD options with the 77.4 kWh battery pack. It will be available exclusively in the GT Line with all the bells and whistles. Bookings for Kia’s first electric offering in India are open for a token of Rs. 3 lakh, while prices will be announced on June 2, 2022. We got to drive the new EV6 late last year on international roads. You can read about our exclusive drive here. We also got to sample the EV in India as well at the Buddh International Circuit.