Crash safety rating: Maruti Suzuki S-Presso, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, Kia Seltos score pathetically

We live in a society that focuses more on the features, external appearance or perhaps ease of service of a vehicle. Precisely why the efficient vehicles from Maruti Suzuki sell the most. In terms of safety, the company’s products have often been lambasted. Now, in a series of crash test conducted, the Global NCAP has accorded last year’s launch – Maruti Suzuki S-Presso –  zero stars. The S-Presso failed to protect certain critical areas of the crash dummies and hence scored in most of the parameters. With respect to the crash safety rating of a child, it scored two stars. Global NCAP said that the car’s structure was unstable and incapable of further loadings. In short if you crash in an S-Presso and then another vehicle comes and crashes into you, there is no chance you will survive.

What are the crash safety rating for the Kia Seltos and Grand i10 Nios?

The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios which is a high-selling model and features in the top 10 best selling cars list each month, got two stars. This is because Global NCAP noted that the Grand i10 Nios had dual airbags, ABS with EBD as standard. At the same time, the S-Presso came with a driver airbag and ABS with EBD as standard. The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck in the Hyundai Grand i10 was good. Driver chest showed weak protection while passenger chest showed adequate protection. Driver and passenger’s knees showed marginal protection as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard supported by the Tranfascia tube.

The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. Footwell area was rated as unstable. As for the Kia Seltos, it gets the same features as the Grand i10 Nios with respect to safety in the base version. The protection offered to the driver and passenger head was adequate, both passenger and driver head bottomed out the airbags. Both adult passenger’s neck protection was good. Driver chest showed marginal protection, while passenger chest protection was good. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. Footwell area was rated as unstable.

This is quite surprising to note in a vehicle like the Seltos. It is one of India’s highest-selling SUVs and in the Australian crash tests, scored a perfect five stars. We wonder if Indian customers are given products with less stress on the safety aspect? Do only airbags and ABS help save lives when the body structure of the car itself is weak? Cars sent to other countries from India actually weigh more and also come with more standard safety features. This includes ISOFIX child seat tethers as well as multiple airbags.

It is time we start looking at the crash safety rating of cars before buying them? Makers like Mahindra, Tata, Toyota scored a zero with their previous offerings but now make sturdier cars which have at least a 4-star rating. These are some of the manufacturers who have got a perfect five as well.

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