Back in October of 2011, the European New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) submitted an Opel Zafira Tourer to its battery of crash tests to determine the safety worthiness of the Delta platform-based family MPV. As is the case with almost all new Opel/Vauxhall and Chevrolet models, the Zafira earned a maximum five stars overall and very reputable scores in each subsection of the evaluation:
|Overall score:||5 stars (of 5)|
The safety organization had the following comments about the safety of adult occupants in the vehicle: “The passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal impact. Dummy readings for the passenger indicated good protection of all body areas. There were no structures in the facia which might present a hazard to the knees or femurs, and protection of this body area was rated as good for both driver and front passenger. In the side impact, all body regions were well protected but; in the pole impact, dummy readings of rib compression indicated marginal chest protection. The front seat and head restraints provided good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.”
Euro NCAP notes that “The passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position, and clear information was provided to the driver regarding the status of the airbag so the system was rewarded. Permanently attached labels on the sun visor clearly warn of the dangers of using a rearward facing child seat in that position without first disabling the airbag. In the frontal impact, forward movement of the 3 year dummy, sat in a forward facing restraint, was not excessive and, in the side impact, both child dummies were contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimizing the risk of dangerous head contacts.”
Unfortunately, the Zafira Tourer doesn’t offer good protection for adult pedestrians, as Euro NCAP notes: “Most of the areas likely to be struck by an adult pedestrian’s head offered poor protection but for small adults and children protection was mostly good. The protection offered to the hip and pelvic areas was poor in all areas tested. The bumper offered predominantly good protection to pedestrians’ legs but some areas were marginal or poor.”
The Zafira Tourer’s Electronic Stability Control “is standard and met Euro NCAP’s requirements. Speed limitation devices are only available as an option. There is a seatbelt reminder system for the driver, passenger and rear seats, all of which met Euro NCAP’s requirements.”
Specifically, NCAP tested a left-hand-drive Opel Zafira Tourer equipped with the 2.0 liter diesel CDTI in the Enjoy trim level, with the crash results applying to all Zafira Tourers of the specification.
As a reminder, the frontal impact test takes place 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.
Feel free to download the full PDF of the test results here.
The GM Authority Take
The Zafira Tourer looks as solid as they come in these tests. To that end, we’re still trying to figure out why GM is allowing PSA Peugeot-Citroen to develop the next-gen Zafira, as the model seen here isn’t only beautiful, utilitarian, and safe, but it also adds scale to the Delta platform. But perhaps there’s more to the decision than the very obvious.