Released to the US market earlier this year, the new Soul’s chassis is made up from 35 percent ultra high-strength steel and 31 percent high-strength steel.
The new hatch features six standard airbags, a four-channel and four-sensor Antilock Braking System (ABS) along with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) in the US market.
Other standard safety features in the US include Hill-start Assist Control, a tyre pressure monitoring system, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and traction control.
While the current Soul in Australia earned a 5-star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), it was last tested in 2010.
As TMR learnt from our ANCAP crash test demonstration earlier this year, the safety-bar was raised in 2012 and will be raised further next year.
To earn the maximum 5-star ANCAP rating in 2014, a car must pass a new roof-crush strength test and offer better safety for pedestrians.
While ANCAP is yet to test the 2014 Soul, the NHTSA result is promising for Kia Australia ahead of the new model’s arrival in the first quarter of next year.