As far as safety goes, Opel Antara owners can rest assured about it. Although it hasn't been tested by any major crash-testing organization, its Chevrolet Captiva twin brother was. At the EuroNCAP, the Captiva scored only four stars out of five, but considering a few points you should know about our test car, we're going to give it a pretty good score.
First of all, what made us subtract points in dynamics and fuel efficiency is actually working in its favor when it comes to safety. The Antara 2.0 CDTi is one heavy automobile, weighing almost two tonnes without any cargo on board. One of the basic laws of physics tells as that when two objects collide the heavier one is pretty much having the upper hand in all circumstances. Considering most cars on European roads are quite a bit lighter than the Antara... well, you get the point.
Second of all, the Antara comes equipped with eight airbags in standard trim, which can protect the car's passenger's from impacts coming from almost any direction. If that isn't quite enough for you, learn the fugly crossover/SUV also comes equipped with anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, cornering brake control and even a hill descent control for those rare moments when you're taking it down a ski slope. All in all, the Antara seems to be a pretty safe automobile.Continue reading