Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Kia Soul 2014

1.6 diesel EX , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Dec 2014

Kia Soul crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 75%
Child Occupant 82%
Pedestrian 59%
Safety Assist 56%

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Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Adequate Driver left femur - Adequate
Driver right lower leg - Marginal Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Marginal Driver left foot - Marginal
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Marginal
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
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 test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, when the car was inspected after the test, it was found that spot welds had released as the front subframe was driven backwards and that this had caused a rupture in the driver footwell. This precluded any demonstration from Kia that the knees and femurs would be well protected for different occupant statures and positions, and the steering column and the edge of the centre console were thought to pose a risk of injury. In the side barrier test, the Soul scored maximum points with good protection of all critical body regions. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib deflection indicated weak chest protection. Cars before VIN KNAJP816LF7778250 have an earlier side airbag system with a slightly different design and deployment timing. The updated design tested by Euro NCAP offers better chest protection than the original system and Kia are contacting owners of earlier cars to have their cars updated to this specification. Protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision was rated as good for the front seat occupants and marginal for those in the rear.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. All of the restraint types for which the car is designed could be properly installed and accommodated in the Soul.


The protection provided by the bumper to pedestrians' legs was good at almost every test location. However, the protection provided to the pelvis by the front edge of the bonnet was poor and the Soul scored no points in this area. The protection provided by the bonnet to a pedestrian's head was predominantly good or adequate with poor results recorded only on the stiff windscreen pillars.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard on the Soul, together with a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seating positions. A driver-set speed limitation device is an option which is expected to be fitted to most cars sold so it was included in the assessment and met Euro NCAP's requirements for systems of that type. Neither a lane assist system nor autonomous emergency braking are available on the Soul.

applies to all Souls from VIN KNAJP816LF7778250