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How safe is the Kia Sportage? Midsize SUV gets five stars from ANCAP Safety

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

The popular midsize SUV that launched in November 2021 has received five stars from car safety agency ANCAP


The Kia Sportage has scored a five star safety rating from Australia’s new car crash safety ANCAP.

Recording a five-star result against ANCAP’s tough 2022 criteria, the fifth-generation Sportage joins other top-rated midsize SUVs tested against the current scheme – including the Mitsubishi Outlander and Lexus NX.

The Sportage performed well in the four key areas of safety testing, recording scores of 87 percent for adult occupant protection, 87 percent for child occupant protection, 66 percent for vulnerable road users and 74 percent for safety assistance systems. 

2022 Kia Sportage ANCAP test side impact
The 2022 Kia Sportage has received five stars from ANCAP

These figures were a little lower than the Outlander, which recently scored 92 percent, 89 percent, 81 percent and 83 percent for the four areas respectively. 

Although it received an overall five star rating from ANCAP, the new Sportage struggled somewhat in the areas of vulnerable road user protection and safety assist.

For vulnerable road user protection, the Kia Sportage scored some negative points for stiff windscreen pillars and poor protection of the pelvis if a pedestrian was struck by the vehicle. 

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The Kia Sportage scored well across the four key areas

Autonomous emergency braking for front pedestrian impacts was adequate but AEB backover was not tested as it is not fitted on the model. 

For safety assist, car-to-car autonomous emergency braking was only deemed to be ‘adequate’ and not ‘good’ like in other areas. 

Standard safety equipment on the Kia Sportage 

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The Kia Sportage is well equipped with a full safety suite

The 2022 Kia Sportage comes standard with autonomous emergency braking, multi-collision braking, lane keep assist, lane follow assist, blind spot collision warning, blind spot collision assist, driver attention warning and safe exit warning. 

Speed limit assist, rear parking sensors (front and rear standard on higher grades), steering wheel feedback, a rear view camera and rain sensing wipers are also standard. 

Dual frontal, side chest and side head protecting airbags are standard on the Kia Sportage, as well as a centre airbag to prevent head to head side impacts. 

Kia Sportage 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are driveaway

  • Sportage S FWD manual: $32,445
  • Sportage S FWD auto: $34,445
  • Sportage SX FWD manual: $35,000
  • Sportage SX FWD auto: $37,000
  • Sportage S AWD auto: $39,845
  • Sportage SX+ FWD auto: $41,500
  • Sportage SX FWD auto: $42,400
  • Sportage SX+ AWD dual clutch: $43,500
  • Sportage SX+ AWD 8spd auto: $46,900
  • Sportage GT-Line AWD dual clutch: $49,370
  • Sportage GT-Line AWD 8spd auto: $52,370