In the latest round of crash tests done by the Global NCAP for the Indian car market, the Kia Seltos, one of the most popular c-segment SUVs in India, has scored three stars for adult safety while the child passenger safety has been rated at two-star. The car tested was the base-spec HTE variant of the Seltos that gets dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and rear parking sensors. It misses out on ISOFIX child seat anchors.
The crash test was conducted at a speed of 64kmph and the body shell integrity is rated unstable. The Seltos scores 8.03 out of 17 in adult safety. The protection for the driver and passenger head is rated at adequate while protection for both the passenger’s neck is good. The chest protection for the co-passenger is rated ‘good’ while it is ‘marginal’ for the driver.
Driver and passenger knees have ‘marginal’ protection. Protection for driver tibias is rated weak and adequate while passenger’s tibias is good and adequate.
Coming to child occupant safety, the Seltos scores 15 out of 49. The SUV offered ‘poor’ protection to the head of a 3-year-old dummy while offering good protection to its chest. For an 18-month-old dummy, it has good protection for the head and adequate protection for the chest. The GNCAP noted that the Seltos does not have three-point belts in all seating positions and also misses out on ISOFIX child seat anchors in lower variants.
While the lower variants of the Seltos score an average three-star, the higher variants should perform better as they get additional safety features like side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, electronic stability program and traction control. Kia Seltos is currently available in 7 variants with prices ranging from Rs 9.89 lakh to Rs 17.34 lakh (ex-showroom India). It competes with the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Nissan Kicks.