Latest Kia Sorento obtains five star Euro Ncap safety rating

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• The new Kia Sorento scored the highest possible Euro NCAP safety rating in the recent test. 

• The entire Sorento range is made from advanced high strength steel for its body. 

• In terms of safety equipment it boasts electronic stability control, vehicle stability management and seven airbags as standard. 

The new Kia Sorento has been awarded the highest-possible safety rating by Euro Ncap. 

The SUV achieved 82% for adult occupant protection, 85% for child occupant protection, 63% for pedestrian protection, and 87% in the 'Safety Assist' category.

Seven airbags fitted as standard

Every car is fitted with seven standard-fit airbags, including a new front centre airbag, a new innovation that provides additional head protection for front-seat occupants.

As standard, the Sorento is fitted with vehicle stability management and electronic stability control systems to assist under braking and cornering.

Pablo Martinez Masip, Director of Product Planning and Pricing at Kia Motors Europe, comments: "The new Ki Sorento is a spacious, efficient and high quality SUV for up to seven passengers, and owners can be reassured that it offers a high level of safety too. The new model is already proving incredibly popular with families, who have been impressed with its head-turning design, performance and all-weather capabilities. It's important that the car offers a wide range of features and technologies designed to reduce the chances of a collision, and protect occupants should a collision be unavoidable."

These are the active and passive safety and high-tech driver assistance features on the Sorento

Depending on specification, the Sorento has: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist technology with pedestrian, cyclist and vehicle detection and Junction Turning (detecting oncoming vehicles when turning across the road at a junction), High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning system with leading vehicle departure warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist. Other technologies include Highway Driving Assist with Navigation-Assisted Smart Cruise Control (Curve), Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, Safe Exist Assist, Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist when reversing, and Surround View Monitor.

It also offers Remote Smart Parking Assist. The SUV is is also available with Lane Following Assist, a driver assistance technology that operates between 0 and 180km/h.

LFA supports drivers by tracking vehicles in front of the Sorento in traffic and detecting road markings to keep the car in its lane on the motorway. In combination with the Sorento's Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go system, it can support the driver by accelerating, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front, using radar sensors to maintain a safe distance, the carmaker says.

KIA Sorento Euro NCAP
KIA Sorento Euro NCAP

It has a Blind-Spot View Monitor, which acts as a 'second pair of eyes' for drivers, says the carmaker. It enhances safety for occupants and other road users by eliminating a driver's left- and right-side blind spots by displaying a high-resolution video feed within the instrument cluster.

A new multi-collision brake system debuts, which enables the Sorento to mitigate the severity of secondary collisions is also standard. It automatically applies the vehicle brakes when the airbags have been deployed after an initial crash, further protecting occupants from secondary frontal or side impacts, Kia says.

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