The driver dummy's chest contacted the steering wheel in the frontal test. Structures in the dashboard presented a potential hazard to the knees and femurs of the driver and the passenger.
The Idea was tested without the thorax-protection airbag which is available only as an option in most countries. Forces transferred in an unrealistic manner up the test dummy’s spine, reducing the forces recorded by the instrumentation in its chest. The car was penalised for this and the protection offered to the chest was rated as 'weak'.
The front passenger's airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. However, information given to the driver regarding the status of the airbag is inadequte. The label warning against using a rearward-facing in the front passenger's seat did not meet Euro NCAP's requirements. Three-point ISOFIX anchorages are available only as an option in the rear outboard seats so the child restraints were mounted using the adult seatbelts. Forward movement of the heads of both child dummies was excessive.
No points were awarded to the bumper or to the leading edge of the bonnet for the protection they offered to pedestrians.