2009 Kia Sorento

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Kia Sorento 4-door SUV
2008 Kia Sorento shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

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.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Kia Sorento LX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Sorento was introduced in the 2003 model year. All 2007 and later Sorento models include frontal airbag and seat belt modifications to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. A driver knee airbag was added at the same time.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Driver restraints and dummy kinematics
Dummy movement was reasonably well controlled. During rebound, the dummy's head hit the B-pillar and roof rail. Plus the driver's seat tipped toward the door.

Action shot taken during the frontal offset crash test.

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

Smeared red greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the B-pillar during rebound. The head also hit the roof rail before moving back against the head restraint.

Forces on the lower right leg and foot were high enough to indicate the possibility of injuries.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0727
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 9
Left (cm) 8
Center (cm) 7
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 0
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -1
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 2

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0727
Head
HIC-15 411
Peak gs at hard contact 10
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.8
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.42
Chest maximum compression (mm) 43
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.5
Femur force - right (kN) 3.7
Knee displacement - left (mm) 3
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.26
Maximum tibia index - right 0.77
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 3.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 7.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 98
Right 206

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2003-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Kia Sorento LX 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags

The Kia Sorento was introduced in the 2003 model year. Although engineering changes were made to improve frontal crashworthiness beginning with 2007 models, these changes were not expected to affect side-impact performance.

Rating applies to 2003-09 models

Tested vehicle:2008 Kia Sorento LX 4-door 4wd

The Kia Sorento was introduced in the 2003 model year. Although engineering changes were made to improve frontal crashworthiness beginning with 2007 models, these changes were not expected to affect side-impact performance.

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

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0747
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 0.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0747
Head HIC-15 344
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Compression (kN) 0.1
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 61
Lateral force (kN) 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 45
Average deflection (mm) 33
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 7.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 1.33
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 6.4
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.7
Combined force (kN) 7.0
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.6
L-M moment (Nm) 98
A-P moment (Nm) 18

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0747
Head HIC-15 493
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.1
Compression (kN) 1.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 15
Lateral force (kN) 1.0
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 23
Average deflection (mm) 16
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.07
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.25
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.1
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0
Combined force (kN) 2.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 92
A-P moment (Nm) -38

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 62
Distance below top of head (mm) 36
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 10.9
Head contact time (ms) 52
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 15
Max neck tension (N) 275

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted