The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2014 Kia Soul with a 5-Star overall safety rating. Thanks to the vehicle’s extensive list of standard safety features as well as use of high-tensile steel, Soul received 5 stars in the frontal and side impact tests and four stars in the roll-over test.
Around 66 percent of the 2014 Kia Soul’s chassis utilizes either Ultra High Strength Steel (35 percent) or High Strength Steel (31 percent). The latest model also provides vehicle protection thanks to its standard safety features and technology like six standard airbags -- dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags -- and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The ABS with EBD considers vehicle load and weight distribution and then applies the right stopping force to improve control and stability.
Other standard safety equipment for the 2014 Soul includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). The TCS employs brake and engine torque intervention to improve traction during launch and acceleration even on slippery road surfaces.
Once the ABS detects a wheel slip, it then sends a signal to the engine control unit to adjust torque output accordingly. The TCS senses when one or more wheels is spinning faster than the vehicle's speed, and will apply the brakes if necessary.
“Soul’s 5-star safety rating speaks to Kia’s commitment to our customers,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications at Kia Motors America. He remarked that Kia “took a great deal of care” with the design and engineering of the 2014 Soul, with NHTSA’s testing validating the effort. The 2014 Kia Soul starts at $14,700.