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Holden Cruze from 2003 ANCAP Crash Test

Occupant Protection Score
19.53 out of 37
Pedestrian Protection Rating
5.21 out of 36
Make Holden
Model Cruze
Category Small
Body Type 5-door hatchback
Variant Hatch/wagon
Tested Vehicles Built 2003
Airbags (if supplied) Dual front airbags
Engine size 1.5 L
Kerb Weight 1000 kg
Test Date 1 December 2003
Tested By Euro NCAP

The Holden Cruze scored 7.35 out of 16 in the offset crash test. The passenger compartment held its shape reasonably well except for footwell intrusion. Protection from serious chest and leg injury was marginal for the driver.

The vehicle scored 12.18 out of 16 in the side impact crash test. Protection from serious head injury was marginal for the driver.

Safety features

The tested model of Holden Cruze was introduced in Australia during 2002.

Dual front airbags are standard equipment. ABS brakes are available as an option.

The front seat belt buckles are mounted on the seats and the upper anchorages are adjustable. These features improve the fit of the seat belt. Pretensioners are fitted to the front seat belts to reduce slack in the event of a crash.


Frontal offset crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head/neck 4pts, chest 1.77pts, upper legs 1.38pts, lower legs 0.2pts.

The front part of the driver's floor was pushed rearwards159mm and was severely folded. The brake pedal moved rearwards by 195mm and upwards 84mm, relative to the driver's seat. The dash moved 73mm towards the driver. The steering wheel hub moved rearwards 27mm, downwards 14mm and sideways 9mm, relative to the driver's seat. The front ("A") pillar moved 67mm rearwards. The roof buckled upwards above the driver and the width of the driver's doorway shortened by 51mm. All doors remained closed during the crash. After the crash all doors could be opened without tools but the rear door needed to be opened before the driver's door.

The airbag cushioned the head of the driver and contact was stable. Steering column components were a potential source of injury for the driver's knees. The passenger's head was cushioned by the airbag. The edge of the console was a potential source of injury to the passenger's right knee.

Side impact crash test

Body region scores out of 4 points each: Head 0.5pts, chest 3.68pts, abdomen 4pts, pelvis 4pts.

The vehicle was not eligible for a Pole Impact Test since it did not have head-protecting side airbags. This test can earn eligible vehicles an extra two points.

Modifiers - Offset test scores

Head No deduction
Chest No deduction
Upper leg 2pt deduction L & R - Variable & conc. loading
Lower leg 0.75 deduction - Pedal upward movement
Foot score Score 0.2 points

Steering column and pedal movements are measured relative to the driver's seat.

Safety Features

√ = Fitted to vehicle that was crash tested (where not standard)
S = standard on all models
S* = Standard for petrol models but not available for LPG models until 1 May 2009
O = optional on base variant. May be standard on higher variants
V = not available on base variant but standard or optional on higher variants
X = not available on any variant.
* = not available on the Australian model
# ESC required by ANCAP for 5 star rating from 2008.

Injury Measurements

Refer to the information sheet "How the tests are done"

Offset Crash Test
at 64 km/h

Side Impact
Crash at
50 km/h






Acceleration (g for 3ms) 60.4 60.7 86 
Head Injury Criterion (HIC) is a measure of the potential for head injury. At a HIC of 1000 one in 6 adults will suffer from life-threatening injury to their brain.



Compression (mm) 37.6 37.6 23.6
Viscous Criterion (m/s) 0.23 0.17 0.31
Chest compression of 75 or more, or chest acceleration of 90 or more indicates poor protection from serious chest injury.


Force (kN)     0.96


Force (kN)     2.3

Upper Legs

Force Left (kN) 0.47 0.32  
Force Right (kN) 4.62 2.05  
Knee Disp. Left (mm) 1.49 0.61  
Knee Disp. Right (mm) 3.44 5.25  
An upper leg axial force of 10.9 or more indicates poor protection from serious upper leg (femur) injury.

Lower Legs

Force Left (kN) 1.58 2.03  
Force Right (kN) 1.29 2.89  
Index (upper/lower) Left 0.59/0.43 0.45/0.3  
Index (upper/lower) Right 0.25/1.04 0.36/0.41  
A lower leg index of 1.2 or more indicates poor protection from serious lower leg (tibia) injury.

Bonus points (maximum 5):

Pole test: Not eligible Seat belt reminders: None

Pedestrian rating

Child head impacts 0.21 Upper leg impacts 0
Adult head impacts 5 Lower leg impacts 0
Total 5.21 out of 36  

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