The 20 Least Safe Cars of 2015

New and Used Kia Sportage Sale in HoustonPhoto by salmahyek


16. Kia Sportage

The Kia Sportage scored a “poor” in the small overlap front test, leading to a low safety rating. The driver’s space was seriously compromised by intruding structure. The parking brake was pushed in 41 cm toward the dummy, and the steering column was pushed back 11 cm. Upper interior intrusion measured 22 cm at the instrument panel and hinge pillar. Dummy measurements indicated that injury to the left knee and lower left leg would be likely in a crash of this severity. The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side, as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right. Additionally, the seat belt allowed excessive forward excursion of the dummy’s head and torso, contributing to the head hitting the instrument panel. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy’s head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects.


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