The Sorento’s safety ratings – with scores of 87% for Adult Occupant Protection, 84% for Child Protection and 71% for Safety Assist equipment – place the Kia among the upper echelons of mid-sized SUV cars, in terms of safety.
ESP is fitted as standard in some markets, but is available as a factory-fitted option in others, and comes together with a TCS (Traction Control System) and BAS (Brake Assistance System), taking care of active safety.
If a collision is unavoidable, all-new Kia Sorento is engineered to safeguard the occupants with a range of passive safety measures as standard – starting with its all-new, all-steel monocoque bodyshell. Featuring high-tensile strength steel in key areas, the bodyshell is designed to offer occupants good protection in front, side, rear and roll-over accidents.
Every Sorento sold in Europe (and South Africa will hopefully receive similar specced models) is equipped as standard with dual front airbags, front side and full-length curtain airbags (to protect the occupants in all three seat rows), height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and belt load-limiters, plus three-point seat belts for all middle row and back row seat occupants. In addition, all Sorento models can be ordered with “active” front seat head restraints to protect against whiplash injuries.
The full Euro NCAP test results for all-new Kia Sorento are:
Adult Occupant Protection 87% (31.184 points of max possible 36)
Child Protection 84% (41.0 points of max possible 49)
Pedestrian Protection 44% (15.9 points of max possible 36)
Safety Assist 71% (5.0 points of max possible 7)