Hyundai Santro crash image. Photo: NCAP
Hyundai Santro crash image. Photo: NCAP

Hyundai Santro, Maruti WagonR score two stars in adult safety; Ertiga gets three

  • The car models which were tested by NCAP are: the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Hyundai Santro and the Datsun Redigo
  • Datsun RediGo achieved just one star for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection

Global NCAP, a car safety program entrusted with evaluating new automobile designs for performance against various safety threat, has released its latest round of tests conducted under its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign.

The car models which were tested by NCAP are: the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga, Maruti Suzuki WagonR, Hyundai Santro and the Datsun Redigo.

NCAP chose the entry-level version of each model and as a result only the Ertiga was fitted with two airbags as standard while the other models offered only a driver airbag.

The test results are starting as despite boasting of safety features like airbags, anti-lock braking system, EBD (electronic brakeforce distribution), a lot of new cars still fail to provide adequate protection to the occupants in instance on any mishap. All the cars were crashed as per the global NCAP protocol at 64 kmph in a frontal offset test.

Tata Motors' Nexon is India's only made in India, sold in India car to achieve NCAP’s reputed five star crash test rating.

Suzuki Maruti Ertiga

The only car which achieved a three star rating, for both adult and child occupants. The Ertiga has two frontal airbags as standard fitting in the entry-level variant.

Its footwell area was rated as unstable and pedals displacement showed risks to the lower legs of the driver. Head and neck protection for adult occupants was good

Suzuki Maruti WagonR

The WagonR was given two stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. WagonR offers only a driver frontal airbag as standard. THe head and neck protection for driver was good.

Hyundai Santro

The Santro earned two stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The Santro offers only a driver frontal airbag as standard. In the test, chest protection was weak for the driver and was marginal for the passenger.

Datsun RediGO

Datsun's RediGo achieved just one star for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The RediGo offers only a driver frontal airbag as standard. The car offers poor protection for any of the critical body parts.

Photo: NCAP
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