The latest-gen Santro is the only Hyundai model to have undergone testing in this year's first-round of 'Safer Cars For India' campaign by the Global NCAP. Here's a quick overview of the assessment.
The results for this year's first-round of the Global NCAP crash tests are out, and the Hyundai Santro's results show that there is still scope for improvement in terms of improving the car's safety quotient. The Santro secured an overall 2-star NCAP safety rating, translating into a single star for adult occupant protection (6.74 out of a possible 17 points) and two stars for child occupant protection ( 15 out of a possible 49 points). For both the front adult occupants, only the head & neck protection qualified as good. Despite a driver-side airbag, the chest protection for the driver was weak and marginal for the passenger. Due to an unstable footwell, the driver's lower legs only had marginal protection. Surprisingly, none of the cars tested in the latest round (including the Santro), offer stable bodyshell integrity.
The Santro lost points in the child protection category, as Hyundai did not recommend a Child Restraint System (CRS) for the test. While the protection levels for an 18-month-old dummy were acceptable, a 3-year-old dummy did not fare well, as its head underwent contact during the impact. The absence of 3-point belts for all occupants and ISOFIX anchorages further reduced the Santro's score.
As a note to the readers, the Global NCAP uses the base version of all vehicles for its tests. The safety ratings are issued only as per the standard safety equipment present in the test model.