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2012 Kia Rio

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  • Small overlap front
    M
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    A
  • Roof strength
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control
3
Antilock brakes
4
Daytime running lights (optional)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
M
G
A
G
G
2013
M
G
A
G
G
2012
M
G
A
G
2011
A
P
A
A
2010
A
P
A
A
2009
A
P
A
P
2008
A
P
A
P
2007
A
P
A
P
2006
A
P
A
P

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
M
Structure and safety cage
M
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Hip/thigh
G
Lower leg/foot
P
Restraints and dummy kinematics
M
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Rio 4-door sedan and hatchback were redesigned for the 2012 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of the car.

Structure

The driver space was not maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 29 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured as much as 17 cm at the instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 6 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 13 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward structure. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso. The side curtain airbag deployed and had sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Kia Rio LX 4-door
Weight 2,557 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase101 in.
Length172 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1330
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)29
Footrest (cm)15
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)4
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)11
Steering column6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)15
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)17
Lower instrument panel (cm)17

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1330
Head
HIC-15180
Peak gs at hard contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.5
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.31
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left3.6
Right1.6
Knee displacement (mm)
Left11
Right2
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left1
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.41
Right0.54
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.2
Right2.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left90
Right42

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Kia Rio 4-door hatchback and sedan were redesigned for the 2012 model year. The moderate overlap frontal ratings apply to both the hatchback and sedan versions of the car.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. During rebound, the dummy’s head contacted the side curtain airbag, which kept the head away from any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2012 Kia Rio SX 4-door
Weight 2,593 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase101 in.
Length159 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF1201
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)8
Right (cm)4
Brake pedal (cm)5
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-3
Rearward (cm)3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF1201
Head
HIC-15256
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm)24
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm)34
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.3
Femur force - right (kN)0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.63
Maximum tibia index - right0.46
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left68
Right47

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
A
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
M
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
Pelvis/leg
G
Head protection
G
Side crash test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

The Kia Rio 4-door sedan and hatchback and were redesigned for the 2012 model year. The side ratings apply to both the sedan and hatchback versions of the car.

Injury measures

Driver — Measures taken from the dummy indicate that rib fractures would be possible in a crash of this severity. The risk of significant injuries to other body regions is low.

Passenger — Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Head protection

Driver — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof and a side airbag that deployed from the seat.

Passenger — The dummy's head was protected from being hit by any hard structures, including the intruding barrier, by a side curtain airbag that deployed from the roof.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Kia Rio LX 4-door
Weight 2,571 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase101 in.
Length172 in.
Width68 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings28 mpg city / 36 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCES1306
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm)
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.
-7.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDCES1306
Head HIC-15320
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.5
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)46
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)52
Average deflection (mm)47
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.99
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.0
Acetabulum force (kN)1.6
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)81
A-P moment (Nm) 38

Passenger injury measures

Test IDCES1306
Head HIC-15135
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)39
Lateral force (kN)1.4
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)29
Average deflection (mm)26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.48
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)0.7
Combined force (kN)0.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.8
L-M moment (Nm)182
A-P moment (Nm) 63

Applies to 2012-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,542 lbs
Peak force16,013 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio6.30
Tested vehicle
2013 Kia Rio LX 4-door
Roof strength test ratings can be compared across vehicle categories.

In the test, the strength of the roof is determined by pushing a metal plate against one side of it at a slow but constant speed. The force applied relative to the vehicle's weight is known as the strength-to-weight ratio. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The peak strength-to-weight ratio recorded at any time before the roof is crushed 5 inches is the key measurement of roof strength.

A good rating requires a strength-to-weight ratio of at least 4. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. For an acceptable rating, the minimum required strength-to-weight ratio is 3.25. For a marginal rating, it is 2.5. Anything lower than that is poor.

How this test is conducted

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