The 2008 Kia Sportage scores very well in crash tests, with less stellar performance in rollover resistance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the Sportage five out of five stars for front and side impact protection. In terms of rollover resistance, the 4WD version of the 2008 Kia Sportage scores a respectable four stars, but the 2WD version scores only three stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Sportage “acceptable” ratings for front and side impacts.
Cars.com reports that "all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard"; furthermore, "six airbags, including side curtain airbags, are also standard."
While it crashes well, the Sportage has a design that can impede visibility. According to ConsumerGuide, "Kia 2008 rear-roof styling impedes vision to right-rear and dead astern."