Euro NCAP Crash Test Results

Test results and safety ratings

Vauxhall Meriva 2010

1.4 'Enjoy' , 5 door MPV

Test Date: Nov 2010

Vauxhall Meriva crash test picture
Overall Star Rating Crash Rating 5 Stars
Adult Occupant 89%
Child Occupant 77%
Pedestrian 55%
Safety Assist 86%

Compare with other cars in the Small MPV 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 - Good Driver left foot - Good
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 - 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, the windscreen pillar being deformed rearward only 3mm after the test. There was no excessive deformation of the driver's footwell or dangerous tearing of the metal. Dummy results indicated good protection of the knees and femurs for the front seat occupants. Additional tests showed that a similar level of protection would be offered to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions. In the side impact barrier test, the car scored maximum points for the protection it offered the driver. However, in the more severe side pole impact, deformation of the dummy's ribs indicated weak protection of the chest area. The seat and head restraint provided good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end impact.

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 about the status of the airbag is not sufficiently clear. A permanently attached label warns clearly of the dangers of using a restraint in that position without first disabling the airbag.


The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians' legs in most areas, but was poor in places. The front edge of the bonnet provided poor or marginal levels protection. In most areas where the head of child might strike, the bonnet provided good protection. However, for an adult, the windscreen base and the A-Pillars offered predominantly poor levels of protection.

Safety assist

Electronic stability control is fitted as standard equipment. The front seating positions have a seatbeltt reminder as standard. A reminder system is also available as an option for the rear seats; as it is expected to be fitted as standard equipment in the great majority of sales, the system qualified for assessment by Euro NCAP.

Applies to all applies Merivas of the specification tested