Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Kia Sorento 2009

2.2D GLS , 5 door SUV

Test Date: Aug 2009

Kia Sorento crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 87%
Child Occupant 84%
Pedestrian 44%
Safety Assist 71%

Compare with other cars in the Large SUV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Double pretensioners ensured that the dummies' knees were kept away from the dashboard, and low readings were recorded. However the steering column and ignition barrel were though to present a potential risk of injury to drivers of different sizes. The chest lost a fraction of a point in the side barrier impact. In the more severe side pole test, rib deflections indicated marginal protection of the chest. Protection of the neck against whiplash injuries was good.

Child occupant

Based on dummy readings in the frontal and side barrier tests, the Sorento scored maximum points for protection of both the 3 year old and the 1.5 year old infants. The heads of both dummies were properly contained by the restraints in the side barrier impact. The passenger airbag can be deactivated to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear.


The protection provided by the front edge of the bonnet to pedestrians' legs is poor. The protection offered by most of the the bumper was rated as marginal, although some points towards the centre of the car performed well. In most areas likely to be struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered poor protection. For adult, the bonnet offered good protection towards the centre but was rated as poor along the edges, where it is supported by stiff structures.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard equipment on all Sorento variants. The car also has a standard-fit seatbelt reminder system for the driver and front seat passenger.

applies to all Sorentos of the specification tested