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Chevrolet Volt

Tested Car: Opel/Vauxhall Ampera 1.4/electric, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST


 

Chevrolet Volt

Tested Car: Opel/Vauxhall Ampera 1.4/electric, LHD


ADULT OCCUPANT

CHILD OCCUPANT

PEDESTRIAN

SAFETY ASSIST
Total 30 pts | 85%
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Marginal, Upper leg left: Marginal, Lower leg right: Marginal, Lower leg left: Adequate, Right foot: Good, Left foot: Good
FRONTAL IMPACT
11.6 pts
Head: Good, Chest: Good, Abdomen: Good, Pelvis: Good
SIDE IMPACT CAR
8.0 pts
SIDE IMPACT POLE
8.0 pts
Neck: Marginal

Total 38 pts | 78%
PERFORMANCE
10.2 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
18 month old child
RestraintBritax Römer Baby Safe plus
Group0+
FacingRearward
InstallationAdult seatbelt

PERFORMANCE
10.3 pts
INSTRUCTIONS
4.0 pts
INSTALLATION
2.0 pts
 
3 year old child
RestraintBritax Römer Duo plus
Group1
FacingForward
InstallationISOFIX anchorages and top tether

VECHICLE BASED ASSESSMENT
6.0 pts
See comments
Total 15 pts | 41%
Pedestrian protection

HEAD
8.9 pts
PELVIS
0.0 pts
LEG
6.0 pts


Total 6 pts | 86%
SPEED LIMITATION ASSISTANCE
0.0 pts
ELECTRONIC STABILITY CONTROL (ESC)
3.0 pts
ESP
Pass
SEATBELT REMINDER
3.0 pts
driver
Pass
passenger
Pass
rear
Pass


Details of tested car

Specifications
Tested model Tested Car: Opel/Vauxhall Ampera 1.4/electric, LHD
Body type 4 door sedan
Year of publication 2011
Kerb weight 1732kg
VIN from which rating applies Applies to all applies Volts of the specification tested
Class Small Family Car.
Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag dual stage
Front passenger frontal airbag dual stage
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Electronic Stability Control
Seatbelt Reminder driver, passenger and rear seats


Comments

The Chevrolet Volt has been scrutinised by Euro NCAP and the car is structurally identical to the Opel Ampera and has the same interior fittings. Chevrolet has informed Euro NCAP that the Volt also has the same levels of safety equipment as the Ampera. Accordingly, Euro NCAP believes that the star rating of the Ampera can also be applied to the Chevrolet Volt.

Adult occupant
The passenger cell remained stable in the frontal impact. The car has driver and passenger knee airbags as standard equipment and dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of both front seat occupants. The car scored maximum points in the side barrier test. The car also scored maximum points in the more severe side pole impact 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
Forward movement of the head of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing seat, was not excessive and both dummies were properly contained by their restraints in the side impact test. 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.

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

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