The Hyundai Verna and the Kia Sportage both receive a 0 star safety rating from Latin NCAP

Hyundai Verna, Kia Sportage, and Great Wall Wingle 5 have all been crash tested by Latin NCAP.

The Latin NCAP, which evaluates vehicles for Latin America and the Caribbean, recently released test results for three vehicles that it had recently evaluated. Despite having some well-known names, all three cars received a dismal 0 star rating in the safety tests. The Hyundai Verna (Accent), Kia Sportage, and Great Wall Wingle 5 were the three vehicles that were put to the test.

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Crash Test – Hyundai Verna – Latin NCAP 2021

In Latin America, the Hyundai Verna is known as the New Accent. It’s made in India and shipped as a containerized unit. The car in question was either made in Mexico or in India. The unit’s exact origin has yet to be revealed. The sedan came with only one frontal airbag and no electronic stability control. Regrettably, the model received a 0 out of 5 star safety rating.

Hyundai Verna
Hyundai Verna

Adult Occupant Protection: 9.23 percent, Pedestrian and Vulnerable Road User Protection: 53.11 percent, Child Occupant Protection: 12.68 percent, and Safety Assist: 6.98 percent for the Hyundai Verna. Multiple tests were performed on the New Accent / Verna, including Frontal Impact, Whiplash, Side Impact, and Pedestrian Protection.

While the safety ratings were low, the bodyshell and footwell were deemed stable. Hyundai had declined to use the Child Restraint Systems (CRS) for the tests, so the Child Occupant Protection performance was poor. The lack of AEB lowered the Vulnerable Road User Protection score even more. The Safety Assist points were limited to the Seat Belt Reminder functionality, just like the Sportage.

Hyundai Verna
Hyundai Verna

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The model with two frontal airbags would have received better ratings, according to Latin NCAP. The model also received a 0 star safety rating due to the lack of ESC and standard head side airbags. Hyundai was approached by Latin NCAP to volunteer to test a more equipped version, but the OEM declined.

Crash Test – Kia Sportage – Latin NCAP 2021

For the uninitiated, Kia’s Sportage sits above the Seltos in the company’s global lineup. It’s a sister model to the Hyundai Tucson, for example. The unit that was tested was made in South Korea and featured two frontal airbags but no electronic stability control (ESC). Adult Occupant Protection received 48.15 percent, Pedestrian and Vulnerable Road User Protection received 57.64 percent, Child Occupant Protection received 14.87 percent, and Safety Assist received 6.98 percent.

Kia Sportage
Kia Sportage

The Sportage was put through a number of tests by the Latin NCAP team, including frontal impact, side impact, pedestrian protection, and whiplash. The bodyshell was rated stable after the tests, but the footwell area was rated unstable. According to Latin NCAP, Kia’s Child Occupant Protection performance was poor because the company refused to use Child Restraint Systems (CRS) in the tests. The model also lacked Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for Vulnerable Road Users, lowering its overall score even more. The model’s Safety Assist score was abysmal, with only points awarded for Seat Belt Reminder (SBR) functionality.

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Latin NCAP stated that it had approached Kia about volunteering to test a better-equipped version of the Sportage (basically a higher trim), which would have demonstrated the benefits of additional safety equipment to potential buyers. Kia, on the other hand, declined the offer.

Latin NCAP Great Wall Wingle 5 – 2021

Similarly, the Great Wall Wingle 5 received a 0 star rating. The model that was tested was made in China and came with two front airbags but no ESC. Adult Occupant Protection received 9.31 percent, Pedestrian and Vulnerable Road User Protection received 19.48 percent, Child Occupant Protection received 0 percent, and Safety Assist received 0 percent. Both the bodyshell and the footwell were found to be unstable.

Before the tests, Latin NCAP contacts all manufacturers and invites OEMs to observe the process. GWM had been notified about the test by Latin NCAP, but the agency had received no response from GWM, according to the agency.

“We are outraged that Kia is selling cars in our region with such poor safety performance in their basic versions,” said Stephan Brodziak, Chairman of Latin NCAP. The disastrous result of the Kia Sportage, following the evaluation of the Rio Sedan and Picanto, demonstrates that the basic safety applied to models marketed in Latin America is insufficient to adequately protect the Latin American population. This safety feature appears to be a shared corporate decision by Hyundai, with the very unfortunate result of the New Accent.

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It is possible to track the overall safety performance of a brand’s vehicles thanks to the Latin NCAP programme. It will be necessary to determine whether the Wingle 5 of 0 stars’ poor performance is due to a corporate decision that applies to all of their models or if they have chosen to discriminate against Latin American customers only with this model. Improved safety costs little to brands, but it can cost consumers their lives or the loss of loved ones. We demand safer cars for our region, and we demand that Hyundai, Kia, and GWM provide the same basic safety that they provide in developed economies without charging extra.

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