Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Subaru XV 2011

2.0i , 5 door hatch

Test Date: Nov 2011

Subaru XV crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 86%
Child Occupant 90%
Pedestrian 64%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small SUV category

Driver head - Good
Driver neck - Good
Driver chest - Good
Driver abdomen
Driver right femur - Marginal Driver left femur - Marginal
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 - 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

In the frontal impact, the passenger compartment remained stable. However, there was rupture of several spot-welds in the driver's footwell and the car was penalised. Subaru have informed Euro NCAP that they have made improvements to the welding in this area. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. However, structures in the dashboard were thought to pose a risk to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side barrier test, the XV scored maximum points with good protection of all body areas. However, in the more severe side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated weak chest protection. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.

Child occupant

The front passenger airbag of the XV is by default off, allowing a rearward facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. The airbag is turned on only when an occupant of a suitable size is detected in the seat. The system met Euro NCAP's requirements and was rewarded.


The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet was poor in all areas tested and scored no points. In most areas where a child's head might strike, the bonnet provided good protection. However, the protection provided in those areas where an adult's head would strike was predominantly poor or marginal.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is standard equipment on the XV, as is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, passenger and rear seats. A speed limitation device is not offered on the XV.

applies to all XVs of the specification tested