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Kia Soul 2014 Crash Test Results – Frontal, Side Impact
As if the 2014 Kia Soul weren’t popular enough, it’s likely to gain an even larger following thanks to it earning a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Much of the credit for the excellent crash test results goes to the use of high tensile steel and a laundry list of safety features the 2014 Soul delivers.
The car earned full marks on the frontal and side impact tests, while notching 4 stars on the roll-over test.
Besides safety, the Soul comes with a ton of standard features and a low cost starting at $14,700.
It is believed that the overall 5-star safety rating should show U.S. car shoppers the level of commitment that Kia has to their safety.
There was a lot of money and engineering time invested in a design phase of the of the new Soul crossover vehicle, all in an effort to make sure that it came out right. The final 5 star safety rating is a reward for the extra effort that was taken.
2014 Soul Crash Test Video
List Of Kia Soul Safety Features
We spoke about the use of High Strength Steel earlier, with an impressive 66% of the chassis incorporating that material.
The Soul also employs a number of different technology and safety features to protect those on the inside, including six standard airbags in front and along the sides, as well as a 4-channel, 4-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD).
What that does is take into account the load and weight distribution of the car so that control and stability are combined with great stopping power.
Other safety features that come standard include Hill-start Assist Control, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Electronic Stability Control and a Traction Control System.
Any sign of wheel slip will result in the torque output being adjusted to help regain control.
The TCS also recognizes when one or more of the wheels spinning faster than the speed of the car, and it will apply braking as needed. The two systems work hand in hand to deliver a better level of control for the driver.
The ESC system works in conjunction with all of the others to apply individual braking that will help prevent the driver from over and understeering.
This is especially helpful in slippery conditions or when the driver is forced to make an emergency stop.
Other Statndard Features
Standard features are those that help to separate the 2014 Soul Base from other rivals in the segment.
On that list of features are power windows, door locks and heated outside mirrors, a telescoping steering wheel and a six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio unit are all standard.
Bluetooth hands-free wireless technology, SiriusXM satellite radio with three months complimentary service and USB/AUX inputs round out the Soul’s impressive audio/infotainment equipment.
Desirable options include remote keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control and a 6-speed automatic transmission.
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