Test Scores: Front 14 (88%) Side 18 (100%) Belt Reminder 2 Overall 34 Pedestrian 3 (8%) Child Protection 39 (80%)
The Astra is a very strongly scoring car, with a body that is extremely stable and provides good protection for occupants. Only two points were lost in the frontal impact and the side impact performance was impressive, too, and no points were lost. Protection for child occupants was also good and the child restraints meet almost all Euro NCAP performance limits. The three year old child restraint used ISOFix anchorages while the younger child's used the adult belts to fasten the restraint to the car. Pedestrian protection was poor.
The restraint system for the driver and passenger incorporated single stage tethered airbags, belt pre-tensioners and load limiters. These worked well, although loads on the driver's chest were on the high side. The brake and clutch pedals are designed to break away, so reducing the risk of injury to the driver's legs. Deformation at fascia level and intrusion into the footwell were minimal. There has been much design effort to increase protection for the driver's knees and upper legs.
A very impressive side impact protection system that includes seat mounted thorax and pelvis side airbags. The Astra also has a head curtain airbag fitted as standard to protect those seated in the front and in the rear.
The 3 year old used an Opel branded forward facing Britax Romer Duo Plus restraint while the younger child used a Opel branded rear facing Baby-Safe restraint. The children's heads were fully protected in side and frontal impact but the neck load on the younger child and the chest load on the older child were on the high side. There was only a non-permanent pictogram on the passenger's end of the fascia. It did not warn against placing a child in a rear- facing restraint opposite a passenger frontal airbag.
Only two small areas of the bonnet top offered protection. But its leading edge and the car's bumper proved to be very unfriendly. This was a disappointing result for a new design, and Euro NCAP urges Opel to take this vital safety area more seriously.
Model History & Safety Equipment of Car Tested
The new Astra launched in Spring '04. The car tested comes with driver and passenger frontal airbags, side airbags (thorax and pelvis), head protecting curtain airbag, front belt pre-tensioners and load limiters, pedal release system, driver and front passenger belt reminders, active head restraints, ISOFix anchorages to rear outer seats, BA, TC & ABS as standard.
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