Kia Stinger handed split safety rating

One of the most hyped cars to enter the market this year, the Kia Stinger, has been handed a split safety rating from ANCAP.

ANCAP Chief Executive James Goodwin said the car had generated a lot of public interest, with consumers expecting to see a five-star safety rating across all six models.

“The Si, GT Line and GT variants marketed in Australia, and all New Zealand Stinger variants are well-equipped and have earnt the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating,” Mr Goodwin said.

“Unfortunately, two Stinger variants offered as part of the Australian model line-up – the 200S and 330S – score only three stars.”

Mr Goodwin said Australians had a right to feel let down, with several important safety features missing from the 200S and 330S vehicles being supplied here.

“Autonomous emergency braking and lane keep assist have been omitted from these grades,” he said.

“Australasian variants also lack rear seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters which help manage the forces of a crash, and a penalty has been applied to the full width test score.”

Mr Goodwin urged Kia to offer the same safety specifications across all variants and all markets, to ensure the best safety outcomes for motorists.