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2017 Kia Sportage

Small SUV
Crashworthiness
  • Small overlap front
    G
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G

Crash avoidance & Mitigation
Front crash prevention
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment

Headlights
P

Child Seat Anchors (LATCH)
ease of use
A

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Model year Front overlap SideRoof strengthHead restraints & seatsFront crash prevention
SmallModerate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
A
A
P
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2006
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2005
A
A
P
P
Crash avoidance rating
2002
M
Crash avoidance rating
2001
M
Crash avoidance rating
2000
M
Crash avoidance rating
1999
M
Crash avoidance rating
1998
M
Crash avoidance rating

Applies to 2017 models

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

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year.

Structure

The driver space was maintained well, with maximum intrusion of the lower interior of 15 cm at the parking brake pedal and no more than 7 cm at other lower interior locations. Upper interior intrusion measured 4-5 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel.

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

The dummy’s movement was well controlled. The dummy’s head loaded the frontal airbag, which stayed in front of the dummy until rebound. The side curtain airbag deployed and has sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag also deployed.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,451 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase105 in.
Length176 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEN1522
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm)5
Footrest (cm)7
Left toepan (cm)6
Brake pedal (cm)6
Parking brake (cm)15
Rocker panel lateral average (cm)2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm)4
Upper dash (cm)5
Lower instrument panel (cm)4

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEN1522
Head
HIC-15399
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm)27
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)23
Femur (kN)
Left2.4
Right0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left9
Right0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left0
Right0
Maximum tibia index
Left0.52
Right0.68
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left2.1
Right1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left55
Right83

Applies to 2017 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2016 Tucson conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

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, it rebounded into the seat without its head coming close to any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,461 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase105 in.
Length176 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.0 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 26 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTF1505
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)7
Left (cm)12
Center (cm)10
Right (cm)7
Brake pedal (cm)10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)1
Right (cm)1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)-2
Rearward (cm)-3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)0

Driver injury measures

Test IDVTF1505
Head
HIC-15194
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)0.4
Extension bending moment (Nm)26
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm)22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.1
Femur force - right (kN)1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm)1
Knee displacement - right (mm)0
Maximum tibia index - left0.55
Maximum tibia index - right0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN)1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left56
Right106

Applies to 2017 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.

This rating applies to vehicles other than the specific model and body style tested.

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year (the two vehicles are now built on the same platform). Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2016 Tucson conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

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 vehicle2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,505 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front-seat mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase105 in.
Length176 in.
Width73 in.
Engine1.6 L turbocharged 4-cylinder
EPA ratings24 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1505
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 IDVTS1505
Head HIC-15332
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)21
Lateral force (kN)1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)28
Average deflection (mm)27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.98
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)2.7
Acetabulum force (kN)2.2
Combined force (kN)4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN)0.7
L-M moment (Nm)107
A-P moment (Nm) 33

Passenger injury measures

Test IDVTS1505
Head HIC-15136
Neck
Tension (kN)0.7
Compression (kN)0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm)31
Lateral force (kN)1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm)28
Average deflection (mm)20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s)4.57
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s)0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN)0.2
Acetabulum force (kN)1.4
Combined force (kN)1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN)1.6
L-M moment (Nm)148
A-P moment (Nm) 61

Applies to 2017 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,449 lbs
Peak force18,531 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio5.37
Tested vehicle
Rating applies to both the Hyundai Tucson (tested) and, beginning with 2017 models, the structurally similar Kia Sportage.
2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd
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 2017 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

How this test is conducted

Seat typeManual
Geometry
Backset (mm)14
Distance below top of head (mm)-7
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.5
Head contact time (ms)56
Force rating1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)0
Max neck tension (N)504

Applies to 2017 models

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional EX Technology Package

Overall evaluation

Crash avoidance rating
Superior
with optional
equipment
6 points total

Forward collision warning

This system meets the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's criteria for forward collision warning.
1 point

Low-speed autobrake

In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
2 points

High-speed autobrake

In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
3 points

How this rating is determined

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available for this vehicle.
Trim level(s)
  • SX trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway and all 4 curves.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • EX trim equipped with Premium package
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?Yes
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway and on both right curves.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
Curve-adaptive?No
Automatically switches between low beams and high beams (high-beam assist)?No
Overall rating
P
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams

On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Glare from the low beams was excessive on the straightaway and on both right curves.

High beams

On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

How this test is conducted

Trim level(s)
  • SX trim
Low-beam headlight typeHID projector
High-beam headlight typeHID projector
Curve-adaptive?Yes
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge94.6 mNo
Straightaway left edge101.8 mNo
250m radius right curve, right edge71.8 mNo
250m radius left curve, left edge73.9 mNo
150m radius right curve, right edge67.0 mNo
150m radius left curve, left edge65.7 mNo
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge100.8 m
Straightaway left edge110.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge68.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge73.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge57.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge63.7 m

Trim level(s)
  • EX trim equipped with Premium package
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge105.7 mNo
Straightaway left edge60.1 mNo
250m radius right curve, right edge46.7 mNo
250m radius left curve, left edge45.9 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge37.0 mNo
150m radius left curve, left edge36.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge126.2 m
Straightaway left edge91.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge48.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge50.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge37.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge38.6 m

Trim level(s)
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
High-beam headlight typeHalogen projector
Curve-adaptive?No
High-beam assist?No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017 models
P
LOW BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Acceptable glare?
Straightaway right edge105.7 mNo
Straightaway left edge60.1 mNo
250m radius right curve, right edge46.7 mNo
250m radius left curve, left edge45.9 mYes
150m radius right curve, right edge37.0 mNo
150m radius left curve, left edge36.4 mYes
HIGH BEAMSAverage minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge126.2 m
Straightaway left edge91.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge48.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge50.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge37.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge38.6 m

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trimLX
Seat type cloth

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

123


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)15
Clearance angle (degrees)68
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)9
Clearance angle (degrees)71
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)15
Clearance angle (degrees)72
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)19
Clearance angle (degrees)73
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Applies to 2017 models

How this rating is determined

Overall evaluation

A
Vehicle trimEX
Seat type leather

This vehicle has 2 rear seating positions with complete child seat attachment (LATCH) hardware.

It has 1 additional seating position with a tether anchor only.

123


Good
Acceptable
Marginal
Poor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
Tether anchor
Lower anchors
Lower anchor(s) can be borrowed from adjacent positions(s)
No hardware available

Details by seating position

1
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors
2
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
none available
3
Tether anchor
easy-to-find location
no other hardware could be confused for anchor
Lower anchors
too deep in seat
not too much force needed to attach
easy to maneuver around anchors

Seat position 21

3
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)15
Clearance angle (degrees)66
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)14
Clearance angle (degrees)65
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 22

2
Lower anchor A
No lower latch for this seat position
Lower anchor B
No lower latch for this seat position
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1
Lower anchor A
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)13
Clearance angle (degrees)66
Lower anchor B
Open access ratedNo
Depth (cm)2-4
Force (lbs)16
Clearance angle (degrees)59
Tether anchor
LocationMiddle seatback
Confusing hardware presentYes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes
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

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