Nearly a decade ago, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tested a 2004 Opel (Vauxhall) Tigra (which is no longer in production). Based on the third-generation subcompact Opel Corsa, the 2-seater coupé-convertible Tigra TwinTop sported a retractable hard top and was produced by French coach-builder Heuliez. And it performed rather well in the battery of crash experiments:
Euro NCAP gave the 2004 Tigra 4 of 5 stars for adult occupant protection, noting that the vehicle “has a body that is extremely stable providing good protection for occupants and minimal deformation of the occupant space in the frontal impact”. The organization tested the car with the top down in the front impact test to provide a “worst case” scenario, but left the top up for the side test to check for any adverse interaction with the driver’s head.
But while adult occupant protection was more than adequate, the Tigra was given 2 of 4 stars for pedestrian protection, making it “inadequate”. According to Euro NCAP, “the leading edge of the bonnet and bonnet top where an adult’s head might strike provided some protection but the rest of the bonnet was unfriendly”, with the bumper offering “little if any protection against leg injury.”
Following the standard Euro NCAP procedures, the car was tested with two adult dummies — leaving no rom for child restraints. As such, the organization didn’t perform any child occupant tests. However, Euro NCAP did n0te that a child restraint can be fitted to the front passenger’s seat, but found it problematic that “the only warning of the dangers associated with placing a child in a rear facing restraint in this position was a non-permanent label fitted to the windscreen”. The organization did not consider that the wording contained on the windscreen to “adequately explain the risks involved”.
As a reminder, NCAP conducts the frontal impact test at 64 Km/h (40 MPH) with 40 percent of the width of the car striking a deformable barrier. In the side impact, a mobile deformable barrier impacts the driver’s door at 50 km/h (31 MPH), while the pole test involves the car being propelled sideways at 29km/h (18 MPH) into a rigid pole.