Right after it was first introduced in 2007, the Cee'd was crashed tested by the European NCAP organization, where it passed with flying colors. Coincidentally, the car tested by EuroNCAP was also a 1.6 model in GSL trim, so the comparison with our test car is perfectly natural.
The 5-stars it received weren't exactly won with maximum points, but they are 5-stars nonetheless, especially since the passenger safety cell remained stable in every impact. Apparently, there are some hard structures in the dashboard which may present a risk of injury to the front passengers' knees and femurs in a frontal impact. Since a rather extensive facelift for the model is coming as soon as this autumn and EuroNCAP has revised its testing procedures we can only expect that the Cee'd will be tested again.
Our test car was standard-fitted with six airbags (two dual-stage frontal ones, two front-side and two head ones that can protect all outboard passengers. Apart from that and the five-star rating at EuroNCAP, the Cee'd 1.6 GLS can also brag with the standard anti-lock braking system with electronic brake assistance, standard electronic stability program wich can be deactivated at the touch of a button (not recommended since even without the Cee'd doesn't become sportier).
On the whole, we'll give our Kia test car a pretty good safety rating even though it doesn't really excel at anything related to safety, albeit it does deliver a good overall package.Continue reading