The Global NCAP recently crash tested the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios and it only managed to secure a 2-star safety rating in both adult and child occupant protection. In contrast, the Tata Tiago gets a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP.
The Global NCAP has conducted yet another series of crash tests for cars made and sold here in India and the results are quite shocking this time. We are talking about the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios here, which underwent the Global NCAP crash tests, and has come away with a rather poor two-star safety rating. Since its launch earlier last year, the Grand i20 Nios has become quite a popular hatchback in its segment. The poor score in the crash tests results is however quite disappointing, particularly when Indian carmakers are stepping up their game with respect to safety.
Global NCAP, as is their norm, has tested the base Era variant of the Grand i10 Nios. The frontal crash test of the hatchback was conducted at a speed of 64kph. The Grand i10 Nios came away with a poor two-star safety rating for both adult as well as child occupant protection. The base Era variant of the Grand i10 Nios comes equipped with dual airbags as standard and even gets seat-belt pretensioners for both front occupants.
Global NCAP’s crash test report states that the Nios’s structure and footwell area were both ‘unstable’ on impact. Meanwhile, adult head and neck protection for both the driver and passenger were rated as good. However, chest protection in the Grand i10 Nios for the driver was rated as ‘weak’ while the front passenger secured an “adequate” rating. The Nios also didn’t fare very well in child occupant protection.
As stated earlier, child occupant protection in the Nios was awarded a mere two-star rating. Hyundai does not offer a recommended child restraint system on the Nios and that contributed significantly to the score. This was also the reason why the Santro fared poorly in child occupancy when it was crash tested earlier. Crash protection for a three-year old child was rated as poor in the Nios while an 18-month occupant had better protection.
The Grand i10 Nios does not come with standard ISOFIX child-seat anchors, nor does it get 3-point seat belts for all the passengers in the car. In contrast, the Tata Tiago, which is a direct rival to the Grand i10 Nios secured a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP earlier this year. This particularly comes across as a surprise when even home-grown manufacturers like Tata and Mahindra are taking safety very seriously, securing four or five-star ratings for their own cars. The Nios does however comply with the Indian crash test regulations.