A reasonable performance with the survival space mostly maintained but compromised by chest contact with the steering wheel and problems in the footwell. Child restraints had problems, but there is a better than most pedestrian performance though.
Protection is provided by driver’s and passenger’s airbags and with pretensioners on the seatbelts to prevent slack so preventing excessive forward movement in a crash. After problems found during the initial Euro NCAP test the pretensioners were included as standard items on this model and were subjected to a retest. Despite this the driver still contacted the steering wheel with his chest which lost marks. Hard structures under the facia were hazardous to the driver’s knees, and the brake pedal was hazardous to the feet. A rear seat belt released late in the test by being struck by some object in the car. Daewoo took prompt action to ensure premature release cannot happen again by installing improved rear seat belts on all cars produced from June 2000. Only a simple two point static belt was fitted in the centre rear seat, which can cause severe spinal and abdominal injuries.
The head and chest results were good. The arm rest on the door loaded the abdomen and the door trim below the arm rest loaded the pelvis. Overall this is a creditable performance from a car without a side airbag.
The child restraints for the 1½-year-old had to be fitted with the adult seatbelt using an alternative belt route to prevent incompatibility between the child restraint and the seatbelt buckle. This could easily lead to misuse especially as the labelling was not good. Overall the performance of this child restraints was poor. The 3-year-old restraint was very poor in the frontal crash and failed to contain the head in side impact. This performance was not helped by the problems with the rear seat buckle mentioned above.
The pedestrian performance was close to gaining three stars with only the lower leg performance being poor. Unusually the front edge of the bonnet was relatively kind.