The local mass balance of sea ice is dependent on the advection of ice into and out of an area and on the deformation processes in that area. Sea-ice motion can be observed from space by synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and quantified by drift-detection algorithms. Due to the scarcity of field observations, it remains a challenging task to validate the resulting motion fields. We analyse the quality of sea-ice motion fields derived from SAR data, using an example dataset from the Weddell Sea region. We apply a quality indicator for sea-ice motion fields which is independent of field data and evaluate it with reference data obtained from visual analysis of the SAR images. Together with the motion field, sea-ice deformation can also be retrieved from SAR data. Similarly to ice motion, it is very difficult to obtain field data to evaluate the quality of the results. Based on a manually derived reference dataset, we introduce a method to validate the retrieved deformation rates. This procedure requires no additional field data. Our analysis shows that deformation rates derived from SAR data are consistent with results obtained from buoy analysis by previous studies.