The Jeep Renegade and the hybrid Audi A3 Sportback e-tron both achieved Euro NCAP's maximum five star rating but the Kia Soul and Soul EV fell short, scoring four stars each.
Euro NCAP's said that both the Renegade and the A3 Sportback e-tron offer excellent all-round crash protection and have an autonomous emergency braking system available as an option.
The conventionally-engined Soul offered weak chest protection in the side pole test. Nevertheless, Kia believes that this performance is an improvement on cars from early production and has committed to install the current-production side airbag in earlier vehicles.
Euro NCAP encourages all customers who are contacted by Kia to have their cars updated in order to reinforce the protection available in side impacts.
The Soul EV is not affected.