The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash tested the all-new 2020 Kia Soul and the results have proven that it’s a well-built vehicle. The organization gave the small SUV the highest rating of Top Safety Pick +, which is even better than the previous generation’s regular Top Safety Pick designation.
So what makes the 2020 Soul considered safer than before that it deserves the higher overall rating? Well, it’s mainly thanks to a more excellent passenger-side small overlap crash test result. Previously, the 2019 Soul received “Acceptable” rating in this area, but now the 2020 model is rated “Good”. In addition, the new-gen Soul also earned top “Good” marks in the rest of the tested areas.
Results in other test categories haven’t changed much compared to those of the previous year’s model. The top “Superior” rating was given for front crash prevention. The safety system has shown capable of completely stopping the vehicle’s movement at up to 25 mph before a crash. That’s pretty reliable autonomous emergency braking which is a standard gear on the Soul S, EX and GT-Line variants. Meanwhile, pedestrian detection is only offered as standard on the GT-Line.
Also contributing to the Soul’s Top Safety Pick + rating was the “Good” rated LED projector headlights on the equipped models. However, “Poor” rating befalls the lower trim levels for their underperforming halogen headlights. Child seat attachment hardware retains the “Acceptable” rating for ease of use.