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Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark 1.0 base grade, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST


 

Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark 1.0 base grade, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST
Total 29 pts | 81%
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Adequate, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
FRONTAL IMPACT
11.0 pts
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
SIDE IMPACT CAR
8.0 pts
SIDE IMPACT POLE
7.3 pts
Neck: Marginal

Total 38 pts | 78%
PERFORMANCE
10.0 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
18 month old child
RestraintBritax Romer Duo Plus
Group0, 0+
FacingForward
InstallationISOFIX anchorages and top tether

PERFORMANCE
12.0 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
3 year old child
RestraintBritax Romer Duo Plus
Group1
FacingForward
InstallationISOFIX anchorages and top tether

VECHICLE BASED ASSESSMENT
4.0 pts
See comments
Total 16 pts | 43%
Pedestrian protection

HEAD
9.6 pts
PELVIS
0.0 pts
LEG
6.0 pts


Total 3 pts | 43%
SPEED LIMITATION ASSISTANCE
0.0 pts
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC)
0.0 pts
SEATBELT REMINDER
3.0 pts
driver
passenger
rear


Details of tested car

Specifications
Tested model Chevrolet Spark 1.0 base grade, LHD
Body type 5 door hatchback
Year of publication 2009
Kerb weight 978kg
VIN from which rating applies Applies to all applies Sparks of the specification tested
Class SUPERMINI
Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag single stage
Front passenger frontal airbag single stage
Side body airbags
Side head airbags


Comments

Adult occupant
The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the head and neck but deflection of the chest indicated marginal protection for the chest of both driver and passenger. Structures in the dashboard posed a risk of injury to the knees and femurs of both the driver and the passenger. The Spark scored maximum points in the side barrier impact. In the more severe side pole test, protection of the chest was adequate and that of other body regions was good. Marginal protection was provided against whiplash injurues in the event of rear impact.

Child occupant
Based on dummy readings in the frontal and side barrier tests, the Spark scored maximum points for its protection of the 3 year dummy. Both dummies were sat in forward facing child restraints. Forward movement of the head was well controlled in each case. In the side impact, the dummies' were properly contained by the protective shell of their restraints. The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward facing restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is not clear. A permanently attached label warns of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag.

Pedestrian
The bumper scored maximum points for its protection of pedestrians' legs. However, the front edge of the bonnet offered poor protection and scored no points. In those areas likely to be struck by the head of an adult, the bonnet offered predominantly poor protection.

Safety assist
The Spark is equipped as standard with a seatbelt reminder for the driver, front passenger and rear seats. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is not currently available on any variant. Chevrolet advises Euro NCAP that ESC will become available on some variants during the course of 2010.

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