When you are driving on the road, getting minor scratches is not that uncommon but how do you react if the collision is not as forceful as the dent might lead you to believe?
These images represent a build quality test of a Skoda Slavia by a Maruti Swift. Now, the Slavia doesn’t have an official GNCAP rating but the Skoda products are famous for being strong and rugged. On the other hand, Maruti products are not that strong when it comes to official GNCAP ratings barring a handful. So, it will be interesting to see how the Slavia reacted when it brushed against a Maruti Swift.
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Swift Tests Build Quality of Slavia
The owner of the Slavia has shared his disappointment on Facebook. He was so happy to have bought the car just 7 days ago. While cornering in the parking, he hit a Swift from behind. Interestingly, the damage to the Swift was minimal, while the front left fender of the Slavia seems to have taken quite a hit. A dent and some scratches are clearly visible on the mid-size sedan. The owner is surprised and asks the Facebook group members the reason why the Slavia suffered a significant dent from a Swift.
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Well, the reason is actually not all that complicated. The front area of cars is designed to crumple in order to absorb the impact of a collision. On top of that, the fender area is curved and hence, not a lot of metal has been used in such parts irrespective of which car brand it is. You might have heard about many high-end mass-market cars that have a lot of plastic being used to achieve the desired shape of the car. The fender is one such area that is not designed to be strong or sustain high force.
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Finally, it is illogical to come to conclusions regarding the safety rating of a car by such rudimentary methods. If a car got a dent on the fender, it doesn’t mean that the build quality is poor. The final confirmation only comes after comprehensive testing by the GNCAP. Moreover, the build quality of a car depends on factors like its platform, construction, safety features, etc. So, there is no point in judging the build quality of the Slavia from this incident.