Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Vauxhall Ampera 2011

1.4/electric , 4 door saloon

Test Date: Aug 2011

Vauxhall Ampera crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 85%
Child Occupant 78%
Pedestrian 41%
Safety Assist 86%

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 - Marginal Driver left lower leg - Adequate
Driver right foot - Good Driver left foot - Good
Passenger head - Good
Passenger neck - Good
Passenger chest - Good
Passenger abdomen
Passenger right femur - Good Passenger left femur - Marginal
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 cell of the Ampera remained stable in the frontal impact. The car has driver and passenger airbags as standard equipment and dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both front seat occupants. However, structures in the dashboard were thought to present a potential hazard to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. The Ampera scored maximum points in the side barrier test. The car also scored maximum points in the more severe side pole impact, the first car tested by Euro NCAP to do so, with good protection of all body areas. The protection provided by the seat and head restraint against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision was marginal. The electrical safety of the car was checked after all of the impact tests and no problems were found.

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 regarding the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. The dangers of placing a rearward facing restraint in the passenger seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly explained in a permanently attached label.


The bumper offered good protection to pedestrians' legs and the bonnet was mostly good in those areas likely to be struck by the head of a child. However, no points were scored by the front edge of the bonnet and the bonnet surface offered almost entirely poor protection to the head of a struck adult.

Safety assist

The Ampera has electronic stability control as standard equipment and is fitted with a seatbelt reminder for the driver, front passenger and rear seats.

applies to all ampera of the specification tested