Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Nissan Leaf 2011

80kW electric , 5 door hatch

Test Date: May 2011

Nissan Leaf crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 89%
Child Occupant 83%
Pedestrian 65%
Safety Assist 84%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
Driver right lower leg - Good Driver left lower leg - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Marginal Passenger left femur - Good
Passenger right lower leg - Good Passenger left lower leg - Good
Passenger right foot Passenger left foot
Side impact head - Good
Side impact chest - Good
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

The passenger compartment of the Leaf remained stable in the frontal impact. The stiff centre console and structures surrounding the steering column posed a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of occupants of different sizes to the dummies used in the test, or to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test the Leaf scored maximum points with all body regions being well protected. In the more severe side pole impact, protection of most body regions was good and that of the chest was adequate. The Leaf was tested with a live battery. No electrical hazards or problems were encountered during any of the impact tests. The protection provided by the front seats and head restraints against whiplash injuries in a rear impact was rated as marginal.

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 about the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. Permanently attached labels clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that seat without first having disabled the airbag.


Protection provided by he bumper to pedestrians' legs was predominantly good. In most areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet offered good protection. In those areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, protection was in most areas either good or marginal.

Safety assist

Electronic Stability Control is standard equipment and met Euro NCAP's test requirements. The driver and front passenger seats have a seatbelt reminder system as standard. A driver-set speed limitation device is also standard equipment.

Applies to all applies Leafs of the specification tested