Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Subaru Impreza 2009

2.0R , 5-door hatchback

Test Date: Feb 2009

Subaru Impreza crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 4 Stars
Adult Occupant 84%
Child Occupant 73%
Pedestrian 72%
Safety Assist 57%

Compare with other cars in the Small Family Car category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Adequate
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Good Driver left femur - Good
Driver right lower leg - Adequate Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Adequate Driver left foot - Adequate
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Adequate
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good 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 - Adequate
Side impact abdomen - Adequate
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 test, the windscreen pillar moving rearward by only 3mm. The knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger were well protected. Subaru showed that occupants of different sizes, or those sat in different positions, would be similarly well protected. High rib deflections indicated poor protection of the chest in the side pole test. Inspection of the car after the side barrier impact revealed that the rear door on the struck side was prevented from opening fully only by the secondary latch, for which the car was penalised. The protection offered against whiplash injury was rated as marginal.

Child occupant

Based on dummy readings alone, the Impreza scored maximum points for protection of the 3 year old in the front and side impacts. The passenger airbag cannot be disabled so a rearward facing child restraint should not be used in that seating position. The label warning of the dangers of doing so was not available in the languages of all the countries in which the car is sold and was not rewarded. The presence of ISOFIX anchorages in the rear outboard seats was not clearly marked.


The bumper scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrian's legs. The bonnet offered good protection in most areas likely to be hit by a child's head.

Safety assist

As a result of Euro NCAP's new rating scheme, Subaru have made electronic stability control more widely available. From the middle of February 2009, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control is available as standard on most Impreza variants and as an option on all others throughout Europe. Consumers should be aware that some cars in stock may not be equipped with Vehicle Dynamics Control and Euro NCAP encourages them to choose those which are. The car has a seatbelt reminder system for the driver's seat.

applies to Imprezas ordered from February 18 onwards