Since minivan owners often make safety their number one priority, KIA thought to crash-test the Grand Carnival (Sedona) by dropping it from a height of 12.6 meters (41 feet).
As it turns out, this type of crash test doesn’t exactly look as violent as a regular frontal collision would – not to mention a collision with another car, instead of a stationary object. Still, because KIA used 52% AHSS (Advanced High Strength Steel) for the Grand Carnival’s body structure, this car looks like one really tough cookie to crack.
In terms of impact forces, dropping the car from a height of 12.6 meters was the same as putting it though a 56 km/h (34 mph) regular crash test.
The spot is also well put together, with the vertical set and the slow motion shots. It’s a nice experience viewing-wise, and it’s also a relief to see how the Safety Zone remains almost unaffected, protecting the passengers.
The Grand Carnival is currently available with a choice of two powertrains. You have a 270 PS 3.3 liter petrol engine, and a 2.2 liter 200 PS turbodiesel unit, which will definitely offer you better fuel consumption regardless of driving cycle.
Also, generally speaking KIA can be very creative with their commercials, and thankfully this one was no different. It kind of makes us wish that next time they’ll take things even further by dropping a car from an even greater distance – since it would be fascinating to know how the Safety Cell performs in such a scenario.