Opel Ampera-e fails to get 5 stars in Euro NCAP

Opel Ampera-e Euro NCAP car safety ratings

The Opel Ampera-e just surprised us by not achieving five stars in the Euro NCAP safety rating. The poor rating is the result of the lack of the “Seat Belt Reminder” feature in the rear seats, as the Secretary General at Euro NCAP, Michiel van Ratingen explains:

“We know how effective these reminders are at promoting seatbelt use, so this is clearly a big step backwards on Opel’s part”.


This safety feature might seem unimportant at first, but we shouldn’t forget that the rear seats are often used by children and they need to be regularly reminded to buckle up before it becomes a habit.

Nevertheless, the Opel Ampera-e performed well in most of the tests, especially in the AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) ones, as you can see in the video below.



For me the best part of the Euro NCAP videos is always at the end, when they test the AEB systems. Modern cars aren’t only about trying to achieve zero emissions, but also about zero fatalities.

It’s the lack of accident prevention features the reason why I feel that one of my favorites electric cars – the Renault Zoe – is outdated, even now with the bigger battery capacity. It’s time to catch up with most of the other electric cars that already have AEB systems. Fortunately, the next generation Renault Clio will arrive next year and soon after, a facelifted Zoe is almost certain to follow.

If the super cheap new generation Kia Picanto can have AEB as a 450 € option in Portugal, it doesn’t make sense that this safety feature is not standard in much more expensive electric cars.


What do you think? Are accident prevention features important to you? Do you want your next car to have it?



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Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.

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4 years ago

Pedro, I agree, I would also love to see updates in the Zoe like AEB, ACC. But I guess this will never happen and the current Zoe design is a dead end. Renault did not take any effort to improve the Zoe’s re-gen mode (IMHO too weak) on the new 40kWh version.
Regarding the missing Seat Belt Reminder on the Ampera: my “old” Renault Scenic even has this on the rear seats. I love it, since we have two kids – who even “un-belted” themselves one time during a ride and the car’s warning system gave me a hint. This should be standard in such a expensive/high tech car like the Ampera, shouldn’t it?

4 years ago

It’s incredible that Opel either wasn’t aware this would cost them the top safety rating or chose to ignore that fact! I’m actually shocked by it. It doesn’t matter a lot to me since I’ve got no kids and very rarely have anyone in the back seats at all, but I think many consumers will now rule out the Ampera-e without ever even learning the reason it only got four stars. Most potential buyers probably have kids anyway and SHOULD then rule it out if they did learn about the lack of such a basic, yet important safety feature.