The 2010 Kia Sportage does quite nicely in federal government crash tests, although it doesn’t fare as well in the insurance agency tests.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awards the compact SUV with “acceptable” ratings for front and side impacts, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is a little more generous, awarding the Sportage five out of five stars for front and side impact protection. In terms of rollover resistance, the all-wheel-drive version of the 2010 Kia Sportage scores a respectable four stars, but the two-wheel-drive version earns only three stars.
Standard safety items include dual front, side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes; traction and stability control; and tire pressure monitors. Edmunds points out “a total of six standard airbags, including front- and side-impact airbags for driver and passenger, and side curtain airbags for front- and rear-seat occupants.” The story doesn’t end there, as “all-disc antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are standard" as well, reports Cars.com.
There's a bit of a rearward visibility issue, according to some reviews. ConsumerGuide reports "rear-roof styling impedes vision to right-rear and dead astern" in the Sportage.