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2017 Kia Sportage

small SUV / 4-door SUV

Award applies only to vehicles with optional front crash prevention

2017 Kia Sportage 4-door SUV

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Small overlap front: passenger-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior

Child seat anchors

LATCH ease of use

Other available safety features

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

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 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year (the two vehicles are now built on the same platform).

Overall 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 driver-side 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 CEN1522
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 5
Footrest (cm) 7
Left toepan (cm) 6
Brake pedal (cm) 6
Parking brake (cm) 15
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 2
Upper occupant compartment
Steering column 2
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 4
Upper dash (cm) 5
Lower instrument panel (cm) 4

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEN1522
Head
HIC-15 399
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 27
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 23
Femur (kN)
Left 2.4
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 9
Right 0
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.52
Right 0.68
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 2.1
Right 1.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 55
Right 83

How the driver-side small overlap front test is conducted

Small overlap front: passenger-side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year (the two vehicles are now built on the same platform).

Overall 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

Action shot taken during the passenger-side small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame and dashboard after the crash test indicates that the passenger’s survival space was maintained reasonably well.

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

Despite lateral intrusion of the door sill, the risk of injuries to the dummy's legs and feet was low.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on passenger side

Test ID CN15005
Lower occupant compartment
Lower hinge pillar max (cm) 19
Footrest (cm) 15
Right toepan (cm) 11
Center toepan (cm) 9
Rocker panel lateral average (cm) 12
Upper occupant compartment
Center dash (cm) 6
Upper hinge pillar max (cm) 11
Upper dash (cm) 10
Right lower dash (cm) 8

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CN15005
Head
HIC-15 321
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.3
Extension bending moment (Nm) 28
Maximum Nij 0.38
Chest maximum compression (mm) 27
Femur (kN)
Left 0.0
Right 1.0
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 2
Right 3
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.34
Right 0.80
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 1.2
Right 1.8
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 69
Right 52

Driver injury measures

Test ID CN15005
Head
HIC-15 61
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Extension bending moment (Nm) 17
Maximum Nij 0.16
Chest maximum compression (mm) 33
Femur (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.1
Knee displacement (mm)
Left 0
Right 1
Knee-thigh-hip injury risk (%)
Left 0
Right 0
Maximum tibia index
Left 0.27
Right 0.24
Tibia axial force (kN)
Left 0.1
Right 0.9
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 47
Right 38

How the passenger-side small overlap front test is conducted

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year (the two vehicles are now built on the same platform). Moderate overlap frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2016 Tucson 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 VTF1505
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 7
Left (cm) 12
Center (cm) 10
Right (cm) 7
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 1
Right (cm) 1
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) -2
Rearward (cm) -3
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 0

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF1505
Head
HIC-15 194
Peak gs at hard contact no contact
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.4
Extension bending moment (Nm) 26
Maximum Nij 0.26
Chest maximum compression (mm) 22
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.1
Femur force - right (kN) 1.0
Knee displacement - left (mm) 1
Knee displacement - right (mm) 0
Maximum tibia index - left 0.55
Maximum tibia index - right 0.54
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.9
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 1.6
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 56
Right 106

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Tucson Limited 4-door 4wd

The Hyundai Tucson was redesigned for the 2016 model year, and the Kia Sportage was redesigned for the 2017 model year (the two vehicles are now built on the same platform). Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test of a 2016 Tucson 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 VTS1505
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 VTS1505
Head HIC-15 332
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 1.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 21
Lateral force (kN) 1.3
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28
Average deflection (mm) 27
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.98
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.52
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 2.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.2
Combined force (kN) 4.9
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.7
L-M moment (Nm) 107
A-P moment (Nm) 33

Passenger injury measures

Test ID VTS1505
Head HIC-15 136
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.7
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 31
Lateral force (kN) 1.6
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 28
Average deflection (mm) 20
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 4.57
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.37
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 1.4
Combined force (kN) 1.7
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 1.6
L-M moment (Nm) 148
A-P moment (Nm) 61

How the side crash test is conducted

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2017-19 models

Tested vehicle: 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 3,449 lbs
Peak force 18,531 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 5.37

How the roof strength test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Seat type: Manual

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual
Geometry
Backset (mm) 16
Distance below top of head (mm) -2
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 11.5
Head contact time (ms) 56
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 504

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

  • Optional EX Trim with Technology Package
  • standard on SX Turbo trim

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2017-19 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 3 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • EX trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on both left curves and on both right curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • EX trim equipped with Technology package
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 105.7 m 173.6 %
Straightaway left edge 60.1 m 173.6 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 46.7 m 67.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.0 m 104.6 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 126.2 m
Straightaway left edge 91.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 50.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • LX trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • LX trim
  • EX trim
Low-beam headlight type Halogen projector
High-beam headlight type Halogen projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-19 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 105.7 m 173.6 %
Straightaway left edge 60.1 m 173.6 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 46.7 m 67.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.9 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.0 m 104.6 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 36.4 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 126.2 m
Straightaway left edge 91.5 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 48.9 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 50.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 37.5 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m

Trim level(s)

  • SX Turbo trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good in all 4 tests.

The low beams created excessive glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was fair in all 4 tests.

High-beam assist compensates for some limitations of this vehicle's low beams on the straightaway.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • SX Turbo trim
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? Yes
High-beam assist? Yes
Overall rating
Applies to 2017-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 94.7 m 1,437.9 %
Straightaway left edge 101.8 m 1,437.9 %
250m radius right curve, right edge 71.8 m 497.3 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.9 m 1,099.8 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 67.0 m 511.9 %
150m radius left curve, left edge 65.7 m 1,345.0 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 100.8 m
Straightaway left edge 110.8 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.0 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 73.9 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 57.9 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 63.7 m

How headlights are evaluated

Child seat anchors

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim LX
Seat type cloth

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 trim LX
Seat type cloth
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
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) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 68
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 9
Clearance angle (degrees) 71
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) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 72
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 19
Clearance angle (degrees) 73
Tether anchor
Location Middle seatback
Confusing hardware present Yes
Has contrasting label
within 3 inches of tether anchor
Yes

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation
Vehicle trim EX
Seat type leather

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 trim EX
Seat type leather
1 2 3
G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor
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) 15
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 14
Clearance angle (degrees) 65
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) 13
Clearance angle (degrees) 66
Lower anchor B
Open access rated No
Depth (cm) 2-4
Force (lbs) 16
Clearance angle (degrees) 59
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