Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Vauxhall Astra 2009

1.6 'Enjoy' , 5 door hatchback

Test Date: Nov 2009

Vauxhall Astra crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 95%
Child Occupant 84%
Pedestrian 46%
Safety Assist 71%

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 - Good
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 - 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 - 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, the windscreen pillar moving rearward less than 2mm. Dual pretensioners restrained the dummies well and readings indicated that the knees and femurs of both the driver and passenger were well protected. Opel were able to show that occupants of different sizes, and those sat in different seating positions, would be similiarly well protected. The Astra scored maximum points for its protection of the front passenger occupant in the frontal impact. Protection of the chest was adequate in the side barrier impact and marginal in the more severe side pole test, with good protection of all other body regions in both tests. Protection against whiplash injuries in rear impacts was rated as good.

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 using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag are clearly explained in a label attached to the passenger's sun visor.


The car scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs by the bumper. However, the protection provided by the front edge of the bonnet was poor and scored no points in Euro NCAP's tests. In most areas likely to b struck by the head of a child, the bonnet offered marginal protection. In all areas likely to be struck by an adult's head, the bonnet provided poor protection.

Safety assist

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard equipment across the whole of the model range as is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver and front passenger seats.

Applies to all Astras of the specification tested