KIA Soul 2014

with ESC and seat belt reminders

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5 ANCAP Star RatingANCAP Logo
Crash TestScoreMaximum Score
Overall Score33.11out of 37
Frontal Offset test13.11out of 16
Side impact test15out of 16
Pole test (Optional)2out of 2
Bonus points3out of 3
Data suplied by euroNCAP


The tested model of Kia Soul was introduced in Australia and New Zealand during 2009. This 5-star rating applies to all New Zealand models. It also applies to Australian models built from June 2010 when ESC and seat belt reminders for all seats were introduced. A separate ANCAP 4-star rating applies to earlier Australian models.

The Kia Soul scored 13.11 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape well. Protection from serious leg injury was marginal for the driver and passenger.

The vehicle scored 15 out of 16 in the side impact crash test and a further 2 points in the optional pole test.

Important note: The left-hand-drive European model was tested by Euro NCAP. Australasian specifications may vary and therefore models sold in Australasia might provide different levels of protection to those described on this page.


Safety Feature Summary

The safety feature information below is subject to change without notice. For up to date safety feature specifications for all variants, please see the safety feature table to the right or contact the manufacturer.

Dual front airbags, side airbags and head-protecting side curtains are standard equipment. Antilock brakes (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) and emergency brake assist are also standard. Electronic stability control (ESC) and intelligent seat belt reminders for all seats have been standard in New Zealand since the model launch in 2009. These features became standard in Australia from June 2010.

Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash. A three point seat belt is fitted to the centre rear seat. This provides better protection than a two point (lap) seat belt.

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Frontal Offset Crash Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Frontal Offset* 13.11 pts (out of 16)
Head/Neck 4 pts
Chest 3.2 pts
Upper Legs 2 pts
Lower Legs 3.91 pts

The passenger compartment held its shape well in the offset crash test. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 63mm and upwards 21mm. The steering wheel hub moved 35mm forward, 64mm downward and 3mm sideways. The front ("A") pillar moved 12mm rearwards. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash the driver's door could be opened with high manual effort.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Dash components were a potential source of injury for the driver and passenger knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag.

What is frontal offset test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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Side Impact Test Results

Region Score Score Type Maximum Score
Side Impact* 15 pts (out of 16)
Head 4 pts
Chest 4 pts
Abdomen 4 pts
Pelvis 4 pts

A rear door partially opened during the side impact test, resulting in a 1 point deduction.

The vehicle was eligible for an optional pole impact test, since it had head-protecting side airbags. The manufacturer decided to go ahead with the pole test and the vehicle earned a further two points.

What is side impact test?

The Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) provides consumers with independent and transparent information on the level of occupant and pedestrian protection provided by different new car models, in the most common types of crashes, through its star rating program.



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2-Star Pedestrian Rating

Pedestrian Summary

A separate pedestrian impact test is conducted. This test estimates injuries to pedestrians struck by a vehicle travelling at 40 km/h. The more stars the better (maximum 4 stars).

The front edge of the bonnet offered poor protection to pedestrians' legs. In most areas likely to be hit by a pedestrian's head, the bonnet also provided poor protection. Only the bumper offered predominantly good protection against injury.


Pedestrian Rating Explained

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Pedestrian Rating - please view table for scores

Green Vehicle Guide

Combined Fuel Consumption CO2 Greenhouse Rating Air Pollution Rating Overall Rating
7.6 L/100km 178 g/km 7 Greenhouse Rating 7 /10 7.5 Air Pollution Rating 7.5 /10 4-Star Overall Rating

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