Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Subaru Legacy 2009

2.0D , 5 door estate

Test Date: Aug 2009

Subaru Legacy crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 79%
Child Occupant 73%
Pedestrian 58%
Safety Assist 71%

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 - Good
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Adequate
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Marginal Passenger left femur - Marginal
Passenger right lower leg - Good 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. Structures in the dashboard presented a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of the driver and front passenger, and protection of that body region was rated as marginal. Good protection was provided in the side barrier test and the car scored maximum points. In the more severe side pole impact, readings from the dummy chest indicated a weak level of protection. Marginal protection was provided against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear impact.

Child occupant

Forward movement of the 3 year dummy's head was not excessive in the frontal impact. In the side impact, the heads of both dummies were properly contained by their respective restraints. The passenger airbag can be disabled by Subaru dealers to allow a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. The dangers of doing so without first disabling the airbag are explained in a sun visor label which is permanently attached, but this label is not available in all European languages.


The bumper offered good protection to pedestrians' legs in most areas. The bonnet also performed well in most areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult or a child. However, the front edge of the bonnet scored no points for the protection it offered to pedestrians.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the Legacy, as is a seatbelt reminder for the driver and front passenger seats.

applies to all Legacies of the specification tested