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2012 Kia Sportage

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

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
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 2011-16 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.

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

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2010 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2011 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings apply to 2010 and later models of the Tucson and to 2011 and later models of the Sportage.

Structure

The driver's space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. The parking brake was pushed in 41 cm toward the dummy, and the steering column was pushed back 11 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 22 cm at the instrument panel and hinge pillar.

Injury measures

Measures from the dummy indicate that injuries to the left knee and left lower leg would be possible in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the instrument panel hit is low, as is the risk of significant injuries to other body regions.

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. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,404 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 173 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1237
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 22
Footrest (cm) 16
Left toepan (cm) 17
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Parking brake (cm) 41
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 11
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 22
Upper dash (cm) 22
Lower instrument panel (cm) 22

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1237
Head
HIC-15 158
Peak gs at hard contact 35
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 4.0
Right 2.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 18
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.98
Right 0.54
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 70

Applies to 2011-16 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 Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2011 model year, and the Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2010 model year. The frontal ratings apply to 2011 and later models of the Sportage and to 2010 and later models of the Tucson.

Injury measures

Measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity. Head acceleration from the roof rail hit was negligible.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the roof rail.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,357 lbs.
Side airbags front and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 173 in.
Width 72 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1004
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 4
Left (cm) 10
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 9
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 0
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF1004
Head
HIC-15 213
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.9
Extension bending moment (Nm) 11
Maximum Nij 0.20
Chest maximum compression (mm) 35
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 2.5
Femur force - right (kN) 0.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 74

Applies to 2012-16 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 Sportage was redesigned for the 2011 model year, and the Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, Hyundai/Kia modified the side airbags and side structure in slightly different ways between the two vehicles to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Therefore, beginning with the 2012 models, the Sportage and Tucson can no longer be regarded as twins for side impact rating purposes. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2012 Kia Sportage conducted by Hyundai/Kia 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 vehicle 2012 Kia Sportage GL 4-door 4wd
Weight 3,439 lbs.
Side airbags standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 104 in.
Length 175 in.
Width 73 in.
Engine 2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings 21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS1117
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.
-13.5

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1117
Head HIC-15 334
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.6
Compression (kN) 0.7
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 27
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 30
Average deflection (mm) 24
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.89
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.7
Combined force (kN) 2.8
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.0
L-M moment (Nm) 72
A-P moment (Nm) 15

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1117
Head HIC-15 207
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 22
Average deflection (mm) 17
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 2.63
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.21
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 2.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.8
L-M moment (Nm) 79
A-P moment (Nm) 57

Applies to 2011-16 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight 3,359 lbs
Peak force 14,887 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.43
Tested vehicle
This rating applies to the Kia Sportage based on a test of the structurally similar Hyundai Tucson.
2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS 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 2011-16 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 seats AHR

How this test is conducted

Seat type Manual seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 9
Distance below top of head (mm) 31
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 2
Max neck tension (N) 157
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

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