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2014 Kia Soul

Small car

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
  • 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
Rollover sensor: designed to deploy the side curtain airbags in the event of an impending rollover
3
Electronic stability control, includes roll stability control
4
Antilock brakes
5
Daytime running lights (optional)
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 2014-15 models

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

The Kia Soul was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. (The car tested was designated as a 2013 model but included all of the design changes of the 2014 models.)

Injury measures

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

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. The driver side curtain and side torso airbags deployed during the crash. After the dummy moved forward into the frontal airbag, its head contacted the side curtain airbag.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2013 Kia Soul wagon
Weight 2,985 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase101 in.
Length163 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1227
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)2
Left (cm)11
Center (cm)9
Right (cm)5
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)2
Right (cm)2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)4
Rearward (cm)0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)1

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1227
Head
HIC-15324
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm)12
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm)32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)0.4
Femur force - right (kN)0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)3
Maximum tibia index - left0.39
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left61
Right94

Applies to 2014-15 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
G
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 redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification. (The car tested was designated as a 2012 model but included all of the design changes of the 2014 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.

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 vehicle2012 Kia Soul wagon
Weight 2,996 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase101 in.
Length163 in.
Width71 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1234
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.
-13.0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTS1234
Head HIC-15582
Neck
Tension (kN)1.1
Compression (kN)0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)34
Lateral force (kN)1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)43
Average deflection (mm)32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)5.79
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.0
Combined force (kN)4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.4
L-M moment (Nm)79
A-P moment (Nm) 21

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1234
Head HIC-15136
Neck
Tension (kN)0.2
Compression (kN)1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)48
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)32
Average deflection (mm)28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)3.22
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.3
Acetabulum force (kN)1.8
Combined force (kN)2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.7
L-M moment (Nm)161
A-P moment (Nm) 62

Applies to 2014-15 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight2,905 lbs
Peak force15,304 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.27
Tested vehicle
2014 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 2014-15 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 seat

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm)13
Distance below top of head (mm)-22
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)13.6
Head contact time (ms)47
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)218

Applies to 2013-15 models

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Not Available
0 points total

Forward collision warning

Not available.
0 points

Low-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

High-speed autobrake

Not available.
0 points

How this rating is determined

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