Crash Test Ratings By Govt. Car Assessment Programs


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Disappointingly low scores for Hyundai Creta & i20 in latest Crash Tests

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The segment-leading Hyundai Creta compact SUV and its sibling - the pricey and well-loaded Hyundai i20 hatch - have scored 3 stars for adult occupant protection from Global NCAP in the latest round of Safer Cars for India crash tests. The Hyundai Creta has just barely made it to the 3 Star mark, much like its platform-sharing cousin the Kia Seltos had in a similar test conducted in 2020. The Creta has managed a better score for child occupant protection though with three stars, as the Seltos had only managed two.

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Yet, the Creta's body shell has been rated unstable, with a higher risk of likely injury to the legs and feet of the front passengers. Its lack of standard safety equipment like ISOFIX child seat anchorages, 3-point seatbelts, and ESC (electronic stability control) for all passengers, also pulled down its scores. A lot of this is available in higher variants, but the cars tested are always in their basic or entry variant. The Creta also has no side head impact protection as standard. And do remember that the Hyundai Creta is still the highest-selling model in the crowded compact SUV segment.

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The Hyundai i20 was also tested in its base variant - with dual airbags and ABS. It too has shown an unstable structure, and worryingly also exhibits a risk of the driver side airbag not completely protecting the driver's head and chest. The Hyundai i20 did score a bit better on child safety with 36.89 /49 points - but it has also meant only a 3 Star rating for child occupant protection. This rating holds only if the appropriate car seats are used for child passengers. The i20 does get ISOFIX anchorages but Global NCAP is again disappointed that the i20 has a lap belt for the middle rear passenger, and three-point seatbelts are not standard. The i20 also doesn't have ESC or side head impact protection as standard - unlike the European spec Hyundai i20 that gets all that, multiple airbags, and even autonomous emergency braking as standard.

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General, Global NCAP said, "Although the overall star rating of these models might seem reasonable, the continued reluctance of manufacturers like Hyundai to equip safety systems such as ESC and side body and head protection airbags as a basic requirement in India is disappointing." Queries on both crash tests sent by carandbike to Hyundai India have as yet gone unanswered.

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Toyota Urban Cruiser scores 4-star Global NCAP safety rating

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The Toyota Urban Cruiser was among the cars tested in the latest round of Global NCAP’s crash tests. The compact SUV secured a 4-star rating for adult occupant protection and scored 3 stars for child occupant protection.


The Urban Cruiser tested by Global NCAP was equipped with safety features like dual airbags, ABS, front seatbelt pretensioners and ISOFIX mounts.

The base trim of the Toyota Urban Cruiser that underwent testing tipped the scales at 1324 kg. It was equipped with standard safety features like dual-airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, ISOFIX child seat anchorage and four-channel antilock braking system (ABS). However, the SUV has been crash tested only for frontal offset and it's yet to be tested for side impact.
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Kia EV6 earns five-star ANCAP safety rating

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The Kia EV6 has earned a five-star safety rating from independent crash test body ANCAP, matching its Hyundai Ioniq 5 platform mate.

The EV6 scored 90 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 64 per cent for vulnerable road user protection, and 88 per cent for safety assist.

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ANCAP’s rating applies to all three versions of the EV6 sold in Australia.

“The Kia EV6 is equipped with the range of collision avoidance systems we’ve come to expect in today’s five star cars, and it performed particularly well for its ability to prevent collisions with cyclists, and oncoming vehicles in avoidance tests simulating intersection turns,” said ANCAP CEO, Carla Hoorweg.

It joins a long list of electric cars to have earned five-star ratings, including but not limited to the Ioniq 5, BMW iX, and MG ZS EV.
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Kia Carens scores 3-Star safety rating in Global NCAP crash test


The all-new Kia Carens has scored a 3-Star safety rating for adult occupant protection and also a 3-Star rating for child occupant protection in the latest round of the Global NCAP crash test. According to the testing agency, the made-in-India Kia Carens was tested in its most basic safety specification, fitted with six airbags, which include two frontal units, two side body and two side head protection airbags.
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Moreover, ESC is a standard fitment in this base-spec model. The Carens was also side-impact tested and fulfilled the UN95 regulatory requirement. It scored 9.30 points out of a total of 17 points for adult occupant safety, bagging a 3-Star safety rating in this category. For child occupant protection, it earned 30.99 points out of a total of 49 points, thus achieving a 3-Star rating in this category.

The bodyshell of the new Kia Carens was rated unstable and it was incapable of withstanding further loadings. During the assessment, this MPV demonstrated marginal protection to the driver’s chest and weak protection to the driver’s feet. Global NCAP noted that the model is still sold with a lap belt in the rear central seating position instead of a three-point seatbelt.

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “Global NCAP welcomes Kia’s decision to make six airbags a standard fit in the Carens ahead of a regulatory requirement. However, we expected a better performance from this model. It remains a cause for concern that global car brands such as Kia, which normally achieve 5-star ratings in other markets, are still not reaching this level in India.”

It is worth mentioning that the Kia Carens was the last product to be tested under the Global NCAP’s current test protocols. David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “The evolution of our testing requirements under the new protocols which come into effect from next month are intended to take the progress we have seen over the last eight years to the next level.”

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Mahindra XUV700 bags Global NCAP’s Safer Choice award

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The Mahindra XUV700 has received the ‘Safer Choice’ award from Global NCAP. The SUV was crash tested in November last year and it secured a full 5-star rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child occupation protection. With 57.69 points out of a possible 66, it had the highest combined rating under the ‘Safer Cars For India’ campaign. Mahindra voluntarily sent the model for further testing, which met both pedestrian protection and ESC requirements.

This makes the XUV700 the second model in Mahindra’s line-up to get this award after the XUV300 compact SUV.

What is the Safer Choice award?
Global NCAP has been testing cars for the Indian market since 2014 under its ‘Safer Cars For India’ programme. In the previous round of tests, GNCAP achieved the milestone of testing over 50 cars under the programme.

Global NCAP announced the ‘Safer Choice’ award at the Auto Expo in 2018. According to Global NCAP, this is an accolade for cars (and their respective manufacturers) that provide the highest level of safety. To get this award, the car must achieve a 5-star rating for Adult Occupant Protection and at least a 4-star rating in Child Occupant Protection. Additionally, it must have ESC (at least as an option on all variants) and it should be available as a stand-alone feature and not as part of a bundle or package. Moreover, it should be equipped on at least 20 percent of the cars sold in the country two years after the model went on sale. It should also meet pedestrian protection requirements in accordance with United Nations (UN) regulations UN127 or GTR9.

Speaking about the Safer Choice award for the XUV700, Alejandro Furas, secretary of Global NCAP, said “Global NCAP congratulates Mahindra on its second ‘Safer Choice’ Award and for the wider inclusion of ADAS technologies.”

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Maruti Suzuki S-Presso scores 3-star in crash test for South Africa model

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Maruti Suzuki’s entry-level hatchback has scored three stars in the Global NCAP crash test. This car was tested for built for the South African market but it was manufactured in India. This is in stark contrast with the scoring of the model that was tested for the Indian market, which scored zero-rating for adult occupants

The first time the model was tested by Global NCAP was in 2020 for the Indian market. It scored a zero star rating for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. Global NCAP conducted the test following reports that the version of the car sold in South Africa had a better safety performance. The model that was crash tested for South African market was 985 kg whereas the one sold in India weighed in at 980 kg. The one tested for the Indian market had one airbag.

The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso in South Africa is fitted with two airbags as standard. According to the crash test agency, during the assessment the S-Presso structure demonstrated an unstable performance and the driver’s chest showed a weak protection level, marginally avoiding a two-star rating. Levels of child occupant protection showed the same performance as the version sold in India. The lack of ISOFIX anchorages, lack of a three-point belt in all seating positions, and the decision of Suzuki Maruti not to recommend a Child Restraint System (CRS) contribute to the poor child occupant protection score

Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “The safety performance of the S-Presso in South Africa has been far from satisfactory and claims of improvement are not reflected in levels of child occupant protection which remain the same as the Indian version we tested in 2020. There has been significant progress with vehicle safety in the Indian market with a welcome requirement for the fitment of six airbags as standard. We hope that Maruti Suzuki will not apply a double standard for the vehicles they sell in Africa compared to those sold in India.”
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BMW i4 secures Four stars in Euro NCAP Crash tests

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In the latest round of crash tests conducted by Euro NCAP the BMW i4 scored a four-star crash protection rating. The sedan’s rating was pulled down owing to it missing out on some crash avoidance points securing just 64 per cent of the total points. “BMW’s battery electric compact executive car i4 shows that luxury does not always means better safety performance. Equipped with a similar sensor set to the 3 Series tested in 2019, the gran sedan missed out on some critical crash avoidance points and achieved a 4-star rating,” Euro NCAP said.

As for the video attached above, it shows the BMW i4 being subjected to a frontal impact test at 50 mph (31 mph) by smashing into a deformable barrier that was traveling at the same speed. Another crash test involves colliding with a rigid barrier. The evaluations continue with a side mobile barrier hitting the vehicle at 60 km/h (37 mph) before a side pole test pushing the vehicle toward the metal bar at 32 km/h (20 mph).

Safety Assist seemed to be the Achilles’ heel for the BMW i4 given the 64% rating. The tests involved testing the AEB with the car in front as well as evaluating the accuracy of the lane-keeping assist system.
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