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by Tim Beissmann

The Kia Pro_cee’d GT has been awarded the maximum five-star rating from independent safety authority ANCAP.

The new South Korean hot-hatch scored an impressive 36.19 points out of 37, making it one of the highest-rated small cars assessed by the local crash test authority.

Tested by overseas affiliate Euro NCAP in five-door Cee’d specification, the three-door Pro_cee’d GT scored top marks in all but the frontal offset crash test, where it was awarded 15.19 points out of 16. ANCAP’s report suggests there is a slight risk of injury to the driver’s chest and lower legs in a front-on crash.

It earned an ‘acceptable’ rating for pedestrian protection, recording a score of 22 points out of a possible 36.

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The Kia Pro_cee’d GT comes standard with six airbags (dual front, side, and side-curtains) and electronic stability control, as well as seatbelt reminders for all occupants, front seatbelt pretensioners, daytime running lights, automatic headlights, hill start assist, and reversing sensors.

The Pro_cee’d GT’s five-star rating comes less than one week after ANCAP announced maximum ratings for the recently released Honda Odyssey, Nissan Pathfinder and Skoda Rapid, and the upcoming Jeep Cherokee.

The Kia Pro_cee’d GT, priced from $29,990, recently took top spot in CarAdvice’s Sporty Hatch Comparison over the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo and the Renault Megane RS265 Sport.




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