Opel/Vauxhall Astra

Front: 13
Side: 12
Pre 2002 rating

Adult occupant protection
Head: Adequate, Neck: Good, Chest: Marginal, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good, Right foot: Adequate, Left foot: Adequate
Frontal impact driver
Head: Good, Neck: Good, Chest: Adequate, Upper leg right: Good, Upper leg left: Good, Lower leg right: Good, Lower leg left: Good
Frontal impact passenger
Head: Good, Chest: Adequate, Abdomen: Marginal, Pelvis: Marginal
Side impact driver

Child restraints
18 month old ChildNo information available
3 year old ChildNo information available
Pedestrian protection
No image car front available

Safety equipment
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front seatbelt load limiters
Driver frontal airbag
Front passenger frontal airbag
Side body airbags
Side head airbags
Driver knee airbag
Car details
Hand of driveRHD
Tested modelOpel Astra 1.6i Envoy
Body type5 door hatchback
Year of publication1999
Kerb weight1100
VIN from which rating appliesF48X8-113816 / F48X5-222800 / F48X2-233559 / F48X6-127200

The Opel Astra did well enough to earn four stars but there is scope to improve its side-impact protection. In this part of the test a rear door on the struck side came open and so the Astra would not have passed new regulations governing models launched after October 1998. It performed well in the front impact, providing unusually good protection for the driver’s legs. The child restraints were of an Opel design which Protection for pedestrians was poor, earning only a single star.

Front impact
The car’s structure remained stable and the driver’s airbag proved effective. The driver’s knees were well protected and the footwell kept his feet from harm. The impact caused little intrusion into that area and the pedals partly came away from their pivots to limit the risk of feet and ankle injuries.

Side impact
The driver’s head and chest were well protected but his abdomen and pelvis were exposed to increased injury risks. The manufacturer has told Euro NCAP that it will modify the Astra’s structure to address the problem.

Child occupant
A passenger airbag is standard so there is a real danger of death for any child in a rear-facing child restraint in the front. We believe that Opel should take this risk more seriously and provide better permanent warnings. The fixings for the one-and-a-half-year-old’s rearward-facing restraint were not fully compatible with the car’s rear belts, even though it was an Opel- branded item. An optional fixing system (Opelfix) overcame the problem. Unusually this seat also used a top tether to control its movement. Both restraints stopped their occupants from hitting the car’s interior in the frontal impact. However, the three-year-old’s head was not fully protected in the side impact.

The Astra’s front is very stiff and unforgiving and more than half of the places where a pedestrian’s head might strike following a crash were likely to cause injury. This area requires major improvement.