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2012 Kia Soul

small car / 4-door wagon

2012 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Kia Soul wagon

The Kia Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year. Information from Hyundai/Kia indicated the front structural modifications added beginning with 2012 models would have no effect on small overlap frontal test performance; therefore the ratings below apply to all 2010-13 Soul models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
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. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar.

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 not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right, and the driver's seat pitched forward and tipped outward.

Door hinge pillar, driver footwell, and instrument panel intrusion was extensive and contributed to a significant risk of injury to the lower left leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2012-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Kia Soul wagon

The Kia Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year. Beginning with 2012 models, structural improvements were made to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2012-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Kia Soul wagon with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Soul was introduced in the 2010 model year. For 2011 models, Kia made design changes to improve occupant protection in side impact crashes. Beginning with 2012 models, additional improvements were made upgrading the structure of the front and rear doors and B-pillar. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2012 model conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Kia Soul Plus wagon

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,886 lbs
Peak force 12,489 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.33

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2010-13 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry