All-New Kia Sorento Got 5 Stars Safety Rating at EuroNCAP

by Dec 3, 2014All News, Kia, Technical2 comments

The all-new Kia Sorento has been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. Kia’s new SUV scored highly in all four areas (90 percent Adult Occupant Protection, 83 percent Child Occupant Protection, 67 percent Pedestrian Protection and 71 percent Safety Assist) thanks to an even stronger body shell and a wide array of passive and active safety equipment.

[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]The Sorento was praised in particular for a passenger compartment that remained stable in the event of a collision, with good protection for passengers of different statures no matter where they were seated in the car. All passengers – including those in the third row of seats – were also well protected from whiplash, while pedestrian impact was aided by the Sorento’s active deployable bonnet.

The structure of the new Sorento is significantly stronger, thanks in large part to the more widespread use of ultra-high tensile steel. The previous-generation model was made up of 24.4 percent ultra-high tensile steel (UHTS), while the body shell of the new model consists of 52.7 percent UHTS, aiding the integrity of the car’s core structure in the event of an impact and also improving torsional rigidity by 14 percent.

The new Sorento also features more than twice as much ultra-strong hot-stamped steel as the outgoing model, up from 4.1 percent to 10.1 percent in the new model, greatly strengthening the A- and B-pillars.

The high-tech Sorento also achieved a high score in the Safety Assist category. The new model’s standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system ensures the car remains stable when simultaneously braking and cornering, particularly on low-grip surfaces, by carefully controlling both the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering. Both systems are activated as soon as the car’s sensors detect a loss in traction, helping the driver to remain safely in control of the vehicle.

Buyers will also be able to choose from a wealth of ‘active’ safety technologies, including: ASCC (Adaptive Smart Cruise Control); LDWS (Lane Departure Warning System), which emits an audible alert when the driver strays from the chosen lane without using indicators, BSD (Blind-Spot Detection), with a visual warning in the door mirror when another car is in the driver’s blind spot; RCTA (Rear Cross-Traffic Alert), which warns against other cars driving behind the Sorento in car parks; and SLIF (Speed Limit Information Function), which displays the speed limit in the driver’s instrument cluster based on cameras detecting roadside signs.

The all-new Kia Sorento is due to go on sale across Europe in the first half of 2015

Written by Jose Antonio López

Passionated about Korean cars from Hyundai, Kia & Genesis. Photographer. I love being in nature, hiking. Tech lover.

2 Comments

  1. Kialover

    Thats what I expected from a rising Asian carmaker. Not only the cars get more and more beautiful, they also get so much safe. And this is only Kia`s beginning Kia forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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  2. Kialover

    It has just the safety technologies that a car needs. Not like the europeans and especially the germans who build in very numerious things that no normal human needs but has to pay very much for repair in short time.Greediness and arrogence have never been a virtue and will let european companies lay down sooner or later.
    Also nearly 200hp for the new sorento diesel is sufficient. We see what happens with europeans cars who get more ans more HP. Everything blows away sooner or later and the customer has to pay as usual. One must consider physical(technical) rules ans moral rules to grow nicely as a company. Take asian mentality KIA as an example (now with the new sorento): At first Quality and customer satisfaction. Greetings to all KIA supporters in the world by the asian Turk

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