Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

SEAT Exeo 2010

1.6 'Reference' , 4-door saloon

Test Date: Mar 2010

SEAT Exeo crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 77%
Child Occupant 81%
Pedestrian 50%
Safety Assist 57%

Compare with other cars in the Large 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 - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Marginal
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Adequate Passenger left femur - Adequate
Passenger right lower leg - Adequate Passenger left lower leg - Adequate
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 remained stable in the frontal impact. In the Netherlands, where the test cars were bought, a driver knee airbag is fitted as standard equipment: it is not available in all European countries. However, test results indicated that the airbag had not performed effectively and structures in the dashboard were still considered to present a risk of injury to the knees and femurs. The score is very similar to a car with no driver knee airbag and the star rating applies to cars which have the airbag and to those which do not. The car scored maximum points in the side barrier test. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy rib deflections indicated weak chest protection. Marginal protection was provided against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

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


The bumper provided predominantly good protection to pedestrians' legs but the front edge of the bonnet scored no points. The bonnet offered marginal protection in those areas likely to be struck by a child's head but poor protection in the areas where an adult's head might hit.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on all variants, as is a seatbelt reminder for the driver's seat. A driver-set speed warning system is also standard but it was not assessed fr the purposes of this rating.

applies to all Exeos of the specification tested and to 1.6 without knee airbag