The Kia Optima was praised in particular for its ability to offer uniformly high levels of protection to all occupants during the frontal offset test and in the event of a side barrier impact, no matter the size of passenger or where they were sitting in the car. The Sportage was also commended for its ability to protect passengers of different statures in all seats, scoring particularly highly in the demanding side pole test.
The all-new Optima and Sportage are two of the most high-tech variants ever created by Kia Motors, each offering a wide range of active safety technologies designed to help drivers avoid a collision or mitigate the impact of one. Standard-fit Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) in each car ensures stability in a wide variety of conditions, particularly if the driver needs to brake while cornering, through careful control of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and electric motor-driven power steering.
VSM and ESC are activated as soon as each car’s sensors detect a loss of traction, helping the driver remain safely in control of their vehicle. Both the Optima and SPortage are available with a variety of optional safety technologies, depending on market, including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), High Beam Assist (HBA), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). In addition, the Optima is available with Advanced Smart Cruise Control, which automatically adjusts the car’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the vehicles in front.
The body structures of the Optima and Sportage are significantly stronger than the versions that they replace, largely due to the more widespread use of stronger Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS). 50% of the bodyshell of the Optima is now made up of AHSS, representing a 150% increase over that of the previous car (20%), and boasts a 450% increase in the amount of structural adhesive used. The result is that torsional rigidity has been improved by 50% over the model that it replaces, while the body shell is also 8.6 kg lighter. The Sportage boasts an even more extensive application of AHSS, rising from 18% of the bodyshell in the third-generation model to 51% in the new fourth-generation Sportage. By dramatically strengthening the core structure of the new Sportage, torsional rigidity has been improved by 39% from one generation to the next. Lastly, passive safety is further ensured with airbag protection for all passengers and the standard fitment of ISOFIX child-seat tether and anchor points in the second row, to safely secure younger passengers.