2024 Kia Seltos

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2024 Kia Seltos 4-door SUV
2021 Kia Seltos shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front
Moderate overlap front: original test
Side: original test

Seat belts & child restraints

Seat belt reminders
LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

  • Optional blind spot detection
  • Standard lane departure warning
  • Optional daytime running lights
  • Standard lane departure prevention

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front

The small overlap front evaluation consists of a driver-side and a passenger-side component. If the results of the two evaluations differ, then the combined small overlap rating is equal to the lower rating.

Driver-side

  • Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Kia Seltos SX Turbo 4-door 4wd

The Kia Seltos was introduced in the 2021 model year and is based on the same platform as the Kia Soul. Two small overlap frontal tests of the Seltos were conducted, one by the Institute and the other by Hyundai-Kia as part of frontal crash test verification. Ratings are based on both tests, but the vehicle specifications shown below are based on the Institute’s test.

Overall driver-side evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was maintained well.

The frontal and side curtain airbags worked well together to keep the head from coming close to any stiff structure or outside objects that could cause injury.

The driver's space was maintained well, and risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN2005 VTN2007
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 6 13
Footrest (cm) 10 7
Left toepan (cm) 7 6
Brake pedal (cm) 2 2
Parking brake (cm)
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2 5
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 0 1
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4 8
Upper dash (cm) 5 9
Lower instrument panel (cm) 5 9

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN2005 VTN2007
Head
HIC-15 219 105
Peak gs at hard contact no contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 18 19
Maximum Nij 0.23 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 28 25
Femur (kN)
Left 1.1 3.8
Right 0.1 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0 7
Right 0 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0 1
Right 0 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.43 0.51
Right 0.50 0.33
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.0 1.3
Right 1.9 1.0
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 68 78
Right 80 73

Passenger-side

  • Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Kia Seltos EX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Seltos was introduced in the 2021 model year and is based on the same platform as the Kia Soul. Passenger-side small overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall passenger-side evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Passenger restraints and dummy kinematics
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID VTP2006
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 10
Footrest (cm) 11
Right toepan (cm) 9
Center toepan (cm) 4
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 5
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 3
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Upper dash (cm) 5
Right lower dash (cm) 8

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTP2006
Head
HIC-15 227
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 33
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm) 21
Femur (kN)
Left 1.6
Right 1.7
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 4
Right 8
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.84
Right 0.98
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 3.2
Right 4.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 73
Right 80

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTP2006
Head
HIC-15 116
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 7
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Femur (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 0.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.33
Right 0.14
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.6
Right 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 34
Right 54

How the small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front: original test

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Kia Seltos EX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Seltos was introduced in the 2021 model year and is based on the same platform as the Kia Soul. Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF2007
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 12
Left (cm) 21
Center (cm) 13
Right (cm) 9
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 0
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF2007
Head
HIC-15 160
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 22
Maximum Nij 0.27
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.8
Femur force - right (kN) 0.5
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.65
Maximum tibia index - right 0.37
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.0
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 0.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 75
Right 132

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side: original test

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Tested vehicle: 2021 Kia Seltos SX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Seltos was introduced in the 2021 model year and is based on the same platform as the Kia Soul. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTS2006
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -16.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS2006
Head HIC-15 168
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.5
Compression (kN) -0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 29
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.45
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.56
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 3.0
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.6
Combined force (kN) 4.6
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.9
L-M moment (Nm) 202
A-P moment (Nm) -24

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS2006
Head HIC-15 183
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Compression (kN) -0.9
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 41
Lateral force (kN) 1.7
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 33
Average deflection (mm) 26
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.00
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.57
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 2.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.5
L-M moment (Nm) 74
A-P moment (Nm) -32

How the side crash test is conducted

Seat belt reminders

Rating applies to 2024 models

Overall evaluation
Front row
Unbelted occupant alert (audible & visual)
Initiation time
DurationLong enough (90+ seconds)
Volume
Audio frequency
Second row
Startup status alert (visual)
None
Technical measurements for this test
Background cabin sound pressure level at 24 km/h 53 dB
Audible signal sound pressure level at 24 km/h 58 dB
Difference between background and signal 5.1 dB
Background cabin sound pressure level at 40 km/h 56 dB
Audible signal sound pressure level at 40 km/h 61 dB
Difference between background and signal 4.6 dB
Dominant audio frequency 880 Hz

How seat belt reminders are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Rating applies to 2021-24 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trimS Turbo
Seat type leatherette

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.

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trimS Turbo
Seat type leatherette
1 2 3
GGood
AAcceptable
MMarginal
PPoor
Seating positions that rely on borrowed lower anchors or have only a tether anchor available are not rated.
thether anchor symbol
Tether anchor
lower anchor symbol
Lower anchors
shared lower achors symbol
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
Technical measurements for this test

Seat position 21

3

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 4-6
Force (lbs) 24
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
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
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Seat position 23

1

Lower anchor A
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 25
Clearance angle (degrees) 67
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 18
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

How child seat anchors are evaluated

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