The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the front seat occupants. However, structures in the dashboard posed a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions and protection for the knee/femur/pelvis body region was rated as marginal. In the side barrier impact, protection of most body regions was rated as good. Dummy readings for the chest were also good but the car was penalised for loading the dummy in an unrealistic way, and the protection was rated as fair. In the more sever side pole test, dummy readings of rib deflection indicated marginal protection of the chest. Protection of the neck against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision was rated as marginal.
Forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive. In the side impact, both the 3 year and the 18 month dummies were properly contained within the protective shells of their restraints. The passenger airbag can be disabled by means of a switch, allowing 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 sufficiently clear. The dangers of using a child seat in that seat without first disabling the airbag are clearly indicated on labels in the car.
The bumper scored maximum points for the protection offered to pedestrians' legs. The front edge of the bumper offered marginal protection in most areas tested. Good protection was provided by the bonnet in most areas where the head of child might strike However, predominantly poor protection was provided in those areas likely to by struck by an adult's head.
Electronic stability control is standard equipment. A seatbelt reminder system is standard for the driver's seat. A driver-set speed limitation device is fitted to equipment grades other than the 'Visia' cars assessed.