Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Kia Soul EV 2014

81.4kw EV 'SX' , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Dec 2014

Kia Soul EV crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 84%
Child Occupant 82%
Pedestrian 59%
Safety Assist 56%

Compare with other cars in the Small MPV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Good
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. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Kia showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different statures and to those sat in different positions, whose knees might contact the dashboard in different places. In the side barrier test, the Soul EV scored maximum points, with good protection of all critical body areas. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated weak protection for the chest area. The front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear-end collision while a geometric assessment of the rear restraints indicated marginal whiplash protection.

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 EV.


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 EV, 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 Soul EVs of the specification tested