Is a Kia just as safe as a Volvo?

I would like to know about Kia and Volvo safety and which of these 2013s will be good for me. I have heard that they don't make Volvo the way they used to be, and I have heard very great things about Kia cars, and the Sorento.

Jay, Cherry Hill, N.J.

Although Volvo certainly has the better reputation because it has been a safety innovator for decades, we hesitate to say that one brand is safer than another. Most models in the Kia and Volvo lineups are Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, including the Sorento and Kia Sportage, and the Volvo XC60 and XC90 SUVs. IIHS’ crash tests are more stringent than the federal government’s, so it isn’t easy to be named a Top Safety Pick.


Safety involves more than crash-test results, and Volvo offers more accident-avoidance features than Kia, such as roll stability control, collision warning and pedestrian detection with automatic braking, and blind spot monitoring. Volvo gets an edge for offering those features, though most are optional.

Volvo also is clearly the higher-priced brand, so you will need to decide if your budget allows spending more to get greater peace of mind.

As far as your comment that they don’t make Volvos the way they used to, that’s probably true. The same also is true for Kia. If anything, both brands make their vehicles safer now.

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Answered by Rick Popely on October 5, 2012 in How Safe is This Car? , Kia , Volvo | Permalink

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