Kia Sorento

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Kia Sorento

Overall rating: Five stars
Adult occupation score: 87%
Child protection score: 84%
Pedestrian protection: 44%
Safety assist: 71%

EuroNCAP says:

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Double seatbelt 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 thought 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 readings from dummies in the frontal and side barrier tests, the Sorento scored maximum points for protection of both the 3-year-old and the 18-month-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 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 adults, 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.