• May 30th 2009 at 5:04PM
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Click above to watch the Kia Soul's Euro NCAP crash tests

There is no rating yet for the Kia Soul in the U.S., but in Europe the car did the business: the Soul scored five stars on the NCAP frontal offset, side impact and pole crash tests, doing no worse than "marginal" in just two areas. In the frontal offset test the windshield doesn't crack and there is only minor cosmetic damage aft of the front door's front shut line. It's a big result for a little car, and if it has the reliability to match it should do very, very well. Thanks for the tip, GenGT!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good job,Kia. Toyota, better watch out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      +1 gotta keep those hamsters safe!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are people's expectations of Kia so low that simply passing a crash test is a newsworthy event? Just wondering...I don't see news posts when every other vehicle passes a crash test.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually pretty much every new car in Europe gets five star rating these days so this is no big deal. New cars are just much safer than they were, and also, the star rating can be affected by non-structural considerations. For example, the new Ford Ka gets only four stars as opposed to the five of the structurally identical Fiat 500, because the Ford has fewer airbags as standard. So you need to look at these results carefully.
      • 6 Years Ago
      From the link, it looks like it does "marginal" on pedestrian safety only... or am I missing something? If pedestrians don't want to get run over, then they should stay out of the sidewalk.
      But I kid, I kid... Looks like a good result.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia/Hyundai will be one of the "next" big three someday
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is nothing special on photo, but on the street it actually looks great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was unexpected.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why exactly was that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think its sort of astounding that people blindly buy Volvos under the perception that Volvo has a monopoly on safety. Sure, Volvos are safe, but we see that safety isn't the exclusive dominion of Volvo. /volvo rant
      Good on you, Hyundai/Kia. You're starting to prove yourself.
      That was a quick industrialization. 5 years ago, I would have never entered one of their dealer's showrooms.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Obviously you don't have a clue.

        Most cars built today are built to perform well in standardized testing. Volvo's are not. They're built to perform the best they can, not just in IIHS or NHSTA testing. Much like the Kia Sportage failing the roof crush test because the roof strength was only was built to withstand the the government standard and not a pound more. There is more to crash safety than the standardized testing which only gives you an idea of how it will perform under the EXACT or similar condition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't get me wrong, I love Volvo and how they're notorious with Safety, but Saabs are just as safe. The Swedes definitely know how to protect passengers
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope Hyundai/Kia keeps the ball rolling on sporty car development, because they're emerging as one of this industry's major players. Today they're Korea's Toyota--I sincerely hope they end up being Korea's Honda.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i thought it looks pretty safe. nice job
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yea, but lets see it take on an SUV.

        Yes, these cars score excellent when tested against something their own size, but don't do as well against anything bigger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @VW GTi

        That's a stupid argument... so therefore buying cars should be a race to the biggest one available, because that's 'safest'? If everyone thinks like that, everyone can go and have crashes against other big cars, which in the end changes nothing.

        And speaking of trucks: this is how they perform


        I don't know about you, but I'll take my chance in the KIA, thank you very much. That guy got the front wheel in his legs and the doors won't even open. Everything happens at the same (standard) speed

        In the same category:


        Heavy old volvo against a well designed new mediumsized hatchback.
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW GTI:

        That's a pretty silly thing to say:

        1) Have you SEEN one in real-life? It's a big, tall car -- as tall as an "SUV"
        2) If you indeed drive a GTI, then that's a doubly stupid remark. You've survived this long.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hadn't seen that Fifth gear clip but here is another one with a Disco and an Espace.


        Now I love Rovers and Discos but that old school Body on Frame design even with a fully boxed frame doesn't stand a chance against a modern unibody chassis.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks better in commercials I saw one last week thought it was hideous
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