28 Oct 2012

Picanto shines while Wrangler falls behind

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) has today announced a 5 star ANCAP safety rating for the Kia Picanto, while the Jeep Wrangler has scored 4 stars.

The New Zealand-sold Kia Picanto small car has achieved the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating with dual front, side and head-protecting side curtains airbags; antilock brakes (ABS); electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD); and electronic stability control (ESC) all standard. The pedestrian protection rating of the Picanto is 'Marginal'.

"The 5 star ANCAP safety rating achieved by the Kia Picanto provides New Zealand motorists with yet another safe model to chose from," said ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh.

The popular Jeep Wrangler (2 door 3.6L V6) Sports Utility Vehicle, introduced into Australia in 2007, has achieved a 4 star ANCAP safety rating. The Wrangler provides dual front airbags however chest and head-protecting side airbags are optional at added cost. Head-protecting side airbags are required to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.

The level of protection provided to pedestrians by the Wrangler is rated as 'Poor'.

Mr McIntosh said, "There are now many SUVs which have been awarded the maximum 5 star ANCAP safety rating. Consumers should make sure they make a 5 star choice when buying their next car and they can do that by checking the ANCAP website or on their smartphone."

ANCAP is supported by all Australian and New Zealand motoring clubs, the Australian Government, the New Zealand Government, Australian state and territory governments, the Victorian Transport Accident Commission, NRMA Insurance and the FIA Foundation.

For a full list of ANCAP safety ratings and model specifications, and vehicle safety information visit ancap.com.au.

Jeep Wrangler (2012 - onward) frontal offset test at 64km/h

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