The Rio scored high in adult occupant protection (92 percent), child occupant protection (84 percent) and safety assist equipment (86 percent). Kia also earned praises for including electronic-stability control (ESC) in its vehicles as a standard feature for all European markets.
"Kia was the first Korean manufacturer to achieve EuroNCAP's top score with cee’d in 2007, and this latest result is further proof of Kia's ongoing commitment to vehicle safety," said Benny Oeyen, Kia Motors Europe's vice president for marketing and product planning. "From the very start of Rio's development, Kia's engineers were dedicated to creating a car that would offer owners a fun driving experience, as well as the reassurance that they and their families would be protected by the very best safety technology in the event of an accident."
For the European market, standard safety equipment fitted on the Rio includes six airbags (front, side and curtain), ESC, vehicle stability management, hill-start assist control and three-point seatbelts for all five occupants.