According to James Goodwin, ANCAP’s Chief Executive Officer: “This opens the door for families and fleet buyers in the market for a replacement medium-size passenger car with top safety credentials,”
“The Optima provides a high level of standard active safety features including all three grades of autonomous emergency braking, and demonstrated good performance in all crash and safety assist performance tests.”
In pretty much all the safety metrics the Optima was tested against in the crash tests, the Kia Optima performed close to perfectly. It scored a 7.42 out of 8 points in the Full Width crash as well as a very impressive 7.96 out of 8 in the Frontal Offset test.
In the Side Impact and Pole impact tests, the Optima scored a full 8 out of 8 points. ANCAP gave it an 86 percent for Child Occupant Protection and a less-than-stellar 67 percent for Pedestrian Protection.
As mentioned, the Optima’s long list of standard safety equipment certainly contributed a lot to its high safety rating. Active speed assistance systems are however lacking on Australasian Optima models where they are available as an option on European models, but aside from that, advanced safety aids such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Lane Support System, and Following Distance Warning are included as standard on all variants of the Kia Optima.