In the recently conducted crash tests by Global NCAP, India made Maruti Swift has scored a rather disappointing 2-stars for adult occupant safety. The compact premium hatchback scored a similar 2-star for child occupant safety as well.
This score was given to the Maruti Swift due to ‘high compression to driver’s chest, unstable structure and poor protection for the feet explained by pedal displacement on the driver side’.
Global NCAP took the base variant of the Maruti Swift for this crash test. It comes as standard with dual airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
The Global NCAP report further stated that India made Swift, unlike its European counterpart, does not come with side and curtain airbags along with electronic stability control which are standard fitments in Europe. This is one of the major reasons for the rating given to this hatchback.
Just a couple of weeks back, during Global NCAP’s world summit, organized in Delhi, the organization has released the crash test results for the Vitara Brezza. Unlike the Swift, the sub-compact SUV scored an impressive 4-stars for adult occupant safety. However, it too managed to score just 2-stars for child occupant safety. All that said, in comparison to the older generation Swift, the 2018 iteration scored significantly better.
Global NCAP, under its Safer Cars for India campaign, has so far crash tested 29 Indian cars. The same has led to authorities as well as manufacturers taking vehicular safety a bit more seriously than what they used to.
The independent organization recently also rated the Tata Nexon and the Renault Lodgy. The former scored 4-stars while the latter managed with none.
India is slowly, but surely working towards improving vehicular safety in India. Starting April 2020, all cars sold in India will have to have certain safety equipment as standard. Also, their body structure should adhere to front-offset, side impact and pedestrian safety regulations.
Coming back to the Maruti Suzuki Swift, the latest iteration of this compact SUV made its debut in India during the month of February this year. With an all-new design and a bunch of equipment on-board along with bold mileage numbers, it became one of the fastest selling Maruti Suzuki in India.
The 2018 Maruti Swift is available in both petrol as well as diesel derivatives. It comes as standard with a 5-speed manual gearbox. However, there is a 5-speed AMT also on offer. Prices fall in the range of INR 4.99 lakhs to INR 8.76 lakhs (ex-showroom).
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