Drive’s 2022 Car of the Year winner has earned top marks in independent crash testing, as the seventh medium SUV to do so under the latest criteria.
The 2022 Kia Sportage has been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – the latest SUV to do so under the newest criteria.
The Sportage earned scores of 87 per cent in Adult Occupant Protection, 87 per cent in Child Occupant Protection, 66 per cent in Vulnerable Road User Protection (pedestrians and cyclists) and 74 per cent in Safety Assist, applicable to all variants of Kia’s medium SUV.
The testing was conducted by ANCAP’s sister organisation Euro NCAP on European models, which have a shorter wheelbase and body than Australian models.
However, ANCAP says Kia provided “additional information to show that equivalent performance can be expected for vehicles supplied in Australia and New Zealand,” and therefore the five-star scores carries over to local models.
ANCAP noted a “relatively low injury risk to occupants of oncoming vehicles in a collision”, resulting in a ‘vehicle computability’ score (which notes the effect of the tested vehicle on another car in a collision) of 1.37 out of four.
The Sportage’s centre airbag – as fitted to its Hyundai Tucson twin, which also received a five-star rating last year – prevented front passengers colliding with one another.
However, the safety body flagged “marginal” protection for the driver’s chest in full-width frontal and oblique pole (side) tests.
The Kia Sportage’s autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system “performed well” with pedestrians and cyclists – but drew “mixed” results when tested on other vehicles, and “poorer performance” at speeds above 60km/h.
The AEB system on European models “does not react to pedestrians in reverse or turning scenarios”, unlike flagship Australian models, and thus this feature was not tested – resulting in an overall “marginal” assessment of the Sportage’s AEB system.
However, ANCAP says it is “likely that locally-supplied models would achieve a slightly higher Safety Assist score with this added functionality.”
“The new Kia Sportage has already proven to be a popular choice for fleets and families, and Kia is to be congratulated for achieving another five-star safety rating against ANCAP’s 2020-2022 protocols,” said ANCAP CEO Carla Hoorweg.