The 2021 Kia Seltos missed out on an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick award ensuing from under-performing headlights, the group announced Thursday. Kia’s new child SUV aced the safety watchdog’s crash safety and collision avoidance assessments, nonetheless none of its accessible trims had headlights succesful of scoring on the very least an ‘Acceptable’ rating in IIHS testing.
‘With on the very least one good or acceptable headlight rating, the Seltos would have licensed for a 2020 TOP SAFETY PICK award. Good or acceptable headlight scores all by means of all trim ranges would have earned it the higher-tier TOP SAFETY PICK+ award,’ IIHS acknowledged in its announcement.
IIHS updated its testing routine for the 2021 model yr, extra emphasizing the effectivity of exterior lighting and pedestrian safety strategies. Previously, a car might buy a Top Safety Pick Plus rating so long as it on the very least had non-compulsory headlights that carried out effectively; this yr, vehicles might have to have headlights rated on the very least ‘Acceptable’ on all trim ranges to qualify for the most effective scores. The lesser Top Safety Pick designation is additional lenient, nonetheless Kia’s new entry falls short of even these requirements.
Kia affords three totally utterly completely totally different headlight configurations on the Seltos — two halogen and one LED — and all three had been rated ‘Poor’ ensuing from inadequate illumination in curves, says IIHS. Its utterly completely totally different gear, along with its non-compulsory collision mitigation strategies, all received high marks.
The base-model LX comes commonplace with all-wheel drive, nonetheless is woefully devoid of superior safety choices, coming with solely a rear seat occupancy reminder and government-mandated tech akin to a rearview digicam and far of airbags. Above the LX, the Seltos will get commonplace forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and computerized emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, a driver inattention warning system and computerized extreme beams.
The EX, S Turbo and SX Turbo add blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, whereas the SX Turbo supplies adaptive cruise administration with stop-and-go effectivity and an enhanced computerized emergency braking system that selections bike proprietor detection.