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2014 Kia Sportage

Small SUV

Crashworthiness
Front crash
prevention
Crash avoidance rating
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  • Small overlap front
    P
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Side
    G
  • Roof strength
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    G
2012 Kia Sportage shown
2012 Kia Sportage shown
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
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
G
2011
P
G
G
G
G
2010
A
A
P
G
2009
A
A
P
G
2008
A
A
P
G
2007
A
A
P
P
2006
A
A
P
P
2005
A
A
P
P
2002
M
2001
M
2000
M
1999
M
1998
M

Applies to 2011-14 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 Sportage was redesigned for the 2011 model year, and the Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2010 model year. The small overlap frontal ratings apply to 2011 and later models of the Sportage and to 2010 and later models of the Tucson.

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 vehicle2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4wd
Weight 3,404 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length173 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

This rating has no supporting structure data.

Driver injury measures

This rating has no supporting injury data

Applies to 2011-14 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 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 vehicle2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4wd
Weight 3,357 lbs.
Side airbagsfront and rear head curtain airbags and front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length173 in.
Width72 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF1004
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 IDCEF1004
Head
HIC-15213
Peak gs at hard contactnegligible
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 - left0.27
Maximum tibia index - right0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left49
Right74

Applies to 2012-14 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 vehicle2012 Kia Sportage LX 4wd
Weight 3,439 lbs.
Side airbagsstandard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase104 in.
Length175 in.
Width73 in.
Engine2.4 L 4-cylinder
EPA ratings21 mpg city / 28 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDVTS1117
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 IDVTS1117
Head HIC-15334
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 IDVTS1117
Head HIC-15207
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 2011-14 models

Overall evaluation
G
Curb weight3,359 lbs
Peak force14,887 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio4.43
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 2011-14 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 typeManual seats (AHR)
Geometry
Backset (mm)9
Distance below top of head (mm)31
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)11.9
Head contact time (ms)48
Force ratingLow
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)2
Max neck tension (N)157

Applies to 2013-14 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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