2019 Kia Sportage

small SUV / 4-door SUV

2019 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 (varies by trim/option)
Front crash prevention
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.

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

Rating applies to 2018-19 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) 15
Distance below top of head (mm) -7
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 12.0
Head contact time (ms) 57
Force rating 1
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 0
Max neck tension (N) 438

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted

Front crash prevention

System details

  • Optional Autonomous Emergency Braking

Package name

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

Applies to 2017-19 models

Overall evaluation

  • 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.
Superior
Superior
with optional equipment

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 4 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • SX Turbo trim; built after July 2018
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 inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was fair on both right curves and inadequate on both left curves.

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

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 2019 models built after July 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 67.4 m None
Straightaway left edge 43.7 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 72.5 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 45.3 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 72.2 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 44.1 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 150.7 m
Straightaway left edge 111.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 66.1 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 57.3 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.1 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 54.7 m

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; built before August 2018
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 on the sharp left and both right curves and fair on the gradual left curve.

The low beams created some glare.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual left curve and fair on the sharp left and both right curves.

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

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 2018-19 models built before August 2018
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 95.9 m None
Straightaway left edge 60.1 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 79.3 m 7.6 %
250m radius left curve, left edge 61.8 m 19.7 %
150m radius right curve, right edge 75.3 m None
150m radius left curve, right edge 61.9 m 31.2 %
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 117.7 m
Straightaway left edge 123.4 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 71.7 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 75.8 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 61.3 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 62.6 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.

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.

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