During development, Kia engineers initially concentrated on ensuring Soul had high levels of 'active safety' with good visibility, responsive and agile handling, and powerful braking, to enable Kia drivers to avoid accidents and other everyday motoring hazards.
Every Soul supplied in the UK features an Electronic Stability Control as standard. Fully automatic, ESC is a 'proven technology' in accident avoidance, countering excess oversteer and understeer so the car follows the course intended by the driver. This system comes with TCS (all-speed Traction Control System) and BAS (emergency Brake Assistance System).
If a collision is unavoidable, new Kia Soul is engineered to safeguard the occupants with a range of 'passive safety' measures as standard – starting with a robust all-steel bodyshell. State-of-the-art computer-aided design was employed by Kia engineers, together with 'closed loop' engineering techniques, to create the Soul five-door bodyshell structure.
Featuring high-tensile strength steel in key areas, the bodyshell is designed to offer occupants good protection in front, side, rear and roll-over accidents.
Every Soul sold in Europe is equipped as standard with dual front airbags, front side and full-length curtain airbags (to protect the occupants in both seat rows), height-adjustable front seatbelts with pretensioners and belt load-limiters, plus three 3-point seat belts for rear seat occupants. In addition, all UK models come with 'active' front seat head restraints as standard.