Global NCAP has awarded the 2018 Maruti Suzuki Swift just two stars following their latest crash test.
The Maruti Suzuki Swift falls short on adult safety with only a two-star rating from Global NCAP. The Swift is one of the best selling cars in India and as a part of Global NCAP’s #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, the hatchback was evaluated for a crash test.
The variant selected for the test was the base trim model which is equipped with dual airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The crash test results revealed a two-star result for both, adult and child occupant protection.
The rating was awarded due to high compression to the driver chest unstable structure and poor protection for the feet explained by pedal displacement on the driver side. As for child occupant protection, the forward facing positioning of the 18-month old dummy in the test offering low protection and also the low protection offered to the chest of the 3-year-old dummy.
In comparison, the European model of the Swift is equipped with fewer safety features like side body and curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that are standard for Europe, in India are not even optional.
David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said: “The latest version of the Swift sold in India has improved and it is good to see dual airbags as standard. This confirms the beneficial effect of the Indian Government’s new crash test regulations. But the performance of the Swift sold in Europe and Japan shows that a better safety performance is still possible so Global NCAP would like to see Maruti Suzuki aim higher.”
In a recent crash test, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was awarded four stars for adult occupant safety. Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Technical Director said: “Maruti Suzuki proved with the Brezza that they can produce locally models with high safety performance. They should do the same with the Swift and at least make it available in the model range added safety features available as standard in the European and Japanese version”.
Watch the full video of the Global NCAP crash test of the Maruti Suzuki Swift: