Opel Ampera-E Falls Short Of Top Euro NCAP Crash Rating
Sep 07, 2017  Anthony Karr

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September 2017 EuroNCAP test

Euro NCAP Crash Test of Opel Vauxhall Ampera-e

Six other models join the five-star club.

The all-new Opel Ampera-e could be considered one of the biggest
disappointments from Euro NCAP’s latest batch of tested vehicles. Six cars
were awarder five stars, but the German brother of the Chevrolet Bolt got
only four.

The all-electric vehicle performed relatively well in most of the
categories, but the organization points out it has no seatbelt reminder for
the rear seats. While this might sound like a minor issue, General Secretary
of Euro NCAP Michiel van Ratingen says “we know how effective these
reminders are at promoting seatbelt use, so this is clearly a big step
backwards on Opel’s part.” It’s a trend the German manufacturer set with the
new Insignia which offered rear seatbelt reminders only as an option.

On the positive side, the Ampera-e is praised for its autonomous emergency
braking system, which performed well in tests of its highway-speed
functionality, with collisions avoided or mitigated in all test scenarios.

The Ford Fiesta, Jeep Compass, Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet,
Opel Grandland X, and Renault Koleos all received five stars. The Fiesta
becomes only the second supermini to join the five-star club this year,
following the excellent results from the new SEAT Ibiza. Kia’s Picanto and
Rio received three stars with the standard equipment, but were rated as four
and five stars respectively when tested with the optional safety packs.

Euro NCAP was not particularly happy by the apparent lack of restraint
robustness in side impact testing by some of the models. In the Jeep
Compass, for example, dummy readings indicated injury risk values above the
limit to qualify for points in the pole test, while in the Mercedes C-Class
Cabriolet, during the side barrier test, the side airbag did not fully cover
the impact area.

“Euro NCAP is pushing for the fitment of advanced technologies and
manufacturers have responded well, with AEB now commonplace on most new
cars,” Ratingen added. “However, they should not forget the basics of
occupant protection in case of a crash.”
2017 Opel Ampera-e Fails To Score Top Safety Rating In Euro NCAP Crash Test
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sought-after electric vehicle to be on par with Tesla as far as safety is
concerned, but the safety watchdogs at Euro NCAP beg to differ. ...
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The electric Opel Ampera-e (2017) has only collected 4 stars in the crash
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overall results (82% for adult safety, 73% for children, 75% for pedestrians
and 72% for safety systems), the Opel Ampera-e (2017) has received 4-star
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