Korean car manufacturer Kia has outperformed Japan’s Honda in the latest Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) crash tests, with the Cerato model besting the bigger Accord.
Today ANCAP announced a 5-star safety rating for all variants of the 2013 Kia Cerato small sedan and hatch, while the 2013 Honda Accord missed the 5-star mark during the frontal offset crash conducted earlier this year, receiving only a good 4-star ANCAP safety rating.
“It’s pleasing to see the relatively inexpensive Kia Cerato receive a 5-star safety rating, but surprising and very disappointing to see the Honda Accord falling short. In today’s safety conscious environment, car buyers have a wide choice of cars in the medium saloon sector and most of those have a 5-star ANCAP safety rating,” said AA motoring advice manager Andrew Bayliss.
Both cars are equipped with a range of safety assist technologies including duel frontal, side chest and curtain airbags along with antilock brakes, electronic brake distribution and electronic stability control. Also both cars performed well in the side impact test. The Cerato bests the Accord as it offers seat belt reminders for all seats compared to the Accord, which has them fitted to the front row only.