Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Citroen C-Zero 2011

Mitsubishi i-MiEV , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Feb 2011

Citroen C-Zero crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 73%
Child Occupant 78%
Pedestrian 48%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Super Mini category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Marginal
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Marginal Driver left foot - Marginal
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Marginal Passenger left femur - Marginal
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Good
Side impact pelvis - Good
Green = Good Good
Yellow = Adequate Adequate
Orange = Marginal Marginal
Brown = Weak Weak
Red = Poor Poor

Adult occupant

Euro NCAP is informed that the Citroen C-Zero is structurally identical to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and has the same interior fittings and levels of safety equipment. This means that the star rating of the i-MiEV can also be applied to the Citroen C-Zero. No problems were experienced with the high voltage electrical system which powers the vehicle: the battery was properly isolated from the bodyshell and was not damaged during the tests. Inspection of the car after the frontal impact showed that several structures had reached the limit of their load-bearing capacity. The passenger compartment was judged to be unstable as the vehicle might not be able to withstand an impact at a higher speed. As a consequence, the score for the driver's chest was penalised and protection of this body region was rated as marginal. Most of the floor in the driverís footwell was heavily distorted and this too was penalised, leading to a marginal rating for protection of the driver's feet and ankles. Structures in the dashboard posed a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger. In the side barrier impact, the driver's door opened and the car was penalised, although dummy readings showed protection was at least adequate. In the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated poor protection of the chest. Protection against whiplash injury in the event of a rear collision was good.

Child occupant

The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. A permanently attached label clearly warns of the dangers of using a rearward facing restraint in that seat without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper provided good protection and scored maximum points in Euro NCAP's tests. The front edge of the bonnet scored no points, offering poor protection to pedestrians' legs. The bonnet provided predominantly poor protection in those areas likely to be struck by the head of a child. However, the bonnet provided good protection in most of the areas where an adult's head would strike.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the C-Zero, together with a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats.

Applies to all C-Zeros of the specification tested