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2011 Kia Soul

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  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
1
Side airbags: front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Electronic stability control (roll stability control added beginning with 2013 models)
3
Antilock brakes
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2015
G
G
G
G
G
2014
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
G
2011
P
G
G
G
G
2010
P
G
G
G
G

Applies to 2010-13 models

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

The Kia Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year. Information from Hyundai/Kia indicated the front structural modifications added beginning with 2012 models would have no effect on small overlap frontal test performance; therefore the ratings below apply to all 2010-13 Soul models.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. Lower interior intrusion measured as much as 29 cm at the lower hinge pillar. Upper interior intrusion measured 22-23 cm at the hinge pillar and instrument panel. The steering column was pushed back 15 cm toward the driver.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left lower leg would be possible 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 14 cm to the right. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Kia Soul wagon
Weight 2,767 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase100 in.
Length162 in.
Width70 in.
Engine1.6 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings25 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1317
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)29
Footrest (cm)17
Lower occupant compartment
Left toepan (cm)11
Brake pedal (cm)3
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)17
Steering column15
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)23
Upper occupant compartment
Upper dash (cm)23
Lower instrument panel (cm)22

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1317
Head
HIC-1583
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm)13
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)24
Femur (kN)
Left4.5
Right0.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left11
Right1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left2
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left1.03
Right0.80
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left3.3
Right0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left81
Right55

Applies to 2010-11 models

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

The Kia Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the neck, chest, and both legs indicate low risk of injuries to these body regions in a crash of this severity. A high head acceleration occurred when the dummy's head hit the steering wheel through the airbag, indicating that head injuries would be possible. Head acceleration from the window frame hits were low.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head leaned partway out the open side window and hit the top and rear portions of the window frame.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2010 Kia Soul Plus wagon
Weight 2,873 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase100 in.
Length162 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0909
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)7
Right (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-5
Rearward (cm)2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0909
Head
HIC-15406
Peak gs at hard contact77
Neck
Tension (kN)1.6
Extension bending moment (Nm)29
Maximum Nij 0.44
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)3.1
Femur force - right (kN)3.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)5
Maximum tibia index - left0.41
Maximum tibia index - right0.68
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.2
Tibia axial force - right (kN)3.2
Foot acceleration (g)
Left73
Right126

Applies to 2011 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
G
Torso
G
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 Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2011 models, Kia made design changes to the front door trim panels and rear door structure to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Kia as part of side crash test verification. The car tested was a 2010 model that incorporated all the design changes included in the 2011 models.

Injury measures

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

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 vehicle2010 Kia Soul wagon
Weight 2,837 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase100 in.
Length162 in.
Width70 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 30 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1010
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.
-10.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1010
Head HIC-15240
Neck
Tension (kN)1.3
Compression (kN)0.3
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)31
Lateral force (kN)0.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)36
Average deflection (mm)29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.69
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.58
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.4
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)3.4
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.3
L-M moment (Nm)26
A-P moment (Nm) 50

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1010
Head HIC-15161
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)0.8
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)47
Lateral force (kN)1.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)33
Average deflection (mm)21
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)2.59
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.34
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)1.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.4
Combined force (kN)3.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.5
L-M moment (Nm)97
A-P moment (Nm) 53

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,886 lbs
Peak force12,489 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.33
Tested vehicle
2010 Kia Soul Plus wagon
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

Applies to 2010-13 models

Overall evaluation
G
Dynamic rating
G
Seat/head restraint geometry
G
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Manual cloth seats (AHR)

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)50
Distance below top of head (mm)16
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)10.5
Head contact time (ms)66
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)264

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