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.
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.