New Vauxhall cars’ safety rating announced

Both the Zafira Tourer seven-seat people carrier and the sport Astra GTC coupe received the top score after being tested in four separate safety tests.

Rita Forst, vice president of Opel/Vauxhall engineering said: “We are proud of the latest five-star results. Passenger safety has always been high on our agenda, and we are pleased not only to have met the safety standards with Astra GTC and Zafira Tourer, but to have surpassed them.”

After testing the cars, Euro NCAP said that the Astra GTC has “good protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and front passenger”. It was also said that the Astra GTC “provided good protection against whiplash injuries in a rear-end collision.”

These ratings prove that both cars have very reliable safety systems such as airbags and driver assistance.

These safety systems come in to play with categories like adult and children passenger safety and pedestrian safety. The models’ seat belts were also seen to be very reliable when it comes to safety.

Euro NCAP also said that in the Zafira’s crash test “both child dummies were contained within the protective shells of their restraints, minimising the risk of dangerous head contacts” and that “In the side impact all body regions were well protected”.

Marketed as a large family car, the child protection test is important for the Zafira Tourer, which Vauxhall itself described as a ‘lounge on wheels’ when it was first revealed this year.

With the Vauxhall Zafira scoring up to 94 per cent in the adult occupant protection and the Astra GTC scoring up to 91 per cent, both cars comfortably scored the top five-star rating.

The Vauxhall Zafira Tourer will be out in February 2012, the Vauxhall Astra GTC is available now.