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2014 Kia Soul

small car / 4-door wagon

2014 Kia Soul 4-door wagon

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Optional daytime running lights

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 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Soul Plus wagon

The Kia Soul was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Moderate overlap 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
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 VTF1227
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 2
Left (cm) 11
Center (cm) 9
Right (cm) 5
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) 0
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1227
Head
HIC-15 324
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm) 32
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 0.4
Femur force - right (kN) 0.6
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 3
Maximum tibia index - left 0.39
Maximum tibia index - right 0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 2.3
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.3
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 61
Right 94

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Soul wagon with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Kia Soul was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification. (The car tested was designated as a 2012 model but included all of the design changes of the 2014 models.)

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 VTS1234
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.0
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1234
Head HIC-15 582
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.1
Compression (kN) 0.4
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 34
Lateral force (kN) 1.8
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 43
Average deflection (mm) 32
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.79
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.76
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.0
Combined force (kN) 4.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.4
L-M moment (Nm) 79
A-P moment (Nm) 21

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1234
Head HIC-15 136
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.2
Compression (kN) 1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 48
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 32
Average deflection (mm) 28
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.22
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.45
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.3
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.8
Combined force (kN) 2.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.7
L-M moment (Nm) 161
A-P moment (Nm) 62

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2014-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Kia Soul Plus wagon

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 2,905 lbs
Peak force 15,304 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.27

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2014-16 models

Seat type: Manual cloth seat

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual cloth seat
Geometry
Backset (mm) 13
Distance below top of head (mm) -22
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 13.6
Head contact time (ms) 47
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 218

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted