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2013 Kia Sportage

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2013 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV
2012 Kia Sportage shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
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.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2013 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4-door 4wd

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

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. 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.

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 wasn't maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left, and the seat belt allowed the dummy to move too far forward, as is evident from the gap between the seat back and the dummy's torso.

Parking brake pedal (not visible), instrument panel, and door hinge pillar intrusion was extensive as the left front wheel was forced rearward during the crash. (The tire can be seen below the dummy's ankle.) This intrusion contributed to a significant risk of injury to the left knee and a moderate risk to the left lower leg.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEN1237
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 22
Footrest (cm) 16
Left toepan (cm) 17
Brake pedal (cm) 11
Parking brake (cm) 41
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 8
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 11
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 22
Upper dash (cm) 22
Lower instrument panel (cm) 22

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1237
Head
HIC-15 158
Peak gs at hard contact 35
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 12
Maximum Nij 0.33
Chest maximum compression (mm) 20
Femur (kN)
Left 4.0
Right 2.4
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 18
Right 4
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 1
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.98
Right 0.54
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.2
Right 1.7
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 59
Right 70

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4-door 4wd

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.

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

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 well.

Smeared pink greasepaint indicates where the dummy's head hit the roof rail during rebound. Head acceleration from this hit was negligible.

Intrusion into the driver's space was minimal, and all leg and foot injury measures were low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF1004
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 ID CEF1004
Head
HIC-15 213
Peak gs at hard contact negligible
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 - left 0.27
Maximum tibia index - right 0.26
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.4
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.1
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 49
Right 74

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2012-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Kia Sportage LX 4-door 4wd with standard front and rear head curtain airbags and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

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.

Rating applies to 2012-16 models

Tested vehicle:2012 Kia Sportage LX 4-door 4wd

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.

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 VTS1117
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) -13.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTS1117
Head HIC-15 334
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 ID VTS1117
Head HIC-15 207
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

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Tested vehicle: 2010 Hyundai Tucson GLS 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,359 lbs
Peak force 14,887 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.43

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2011-16 models

Seat type: Manual seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual seats AHR
Geometry
Backset (mm) 9
Distance below top of head (mm) 31
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.9
Head contact time (ms) 48
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 2
Max neck tension (N) 157

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted