Tata and Maruti are at it again with Tiago mocking the 0-star Latin NCAP performance of Swift. Latin NCAP recently tested the Maruti Swift and received a 0-star rating. This is not a surprise considering the build quality of Maruti products. What’s more shocking is the fact that it continues to be among the best sellers in the Indian market consistently since ages. It outsells other products from other segments as well by a mile. This crash test result has invited casual banter from the Indian carmaker, Tata Motors. It has also mocked other products when it comes to safety in the past. This time around, Tiago is the one leading the charge by virtue of being a product of the same segment and direct competitor to Swift. Check out the details here.
Tiago Swift NCAP Performance
The Tiago boasts of a solid 4-star safety rating with a stellar performance at the G-NCAP. Other Tata products also score high on the safety parameters and equipment list. However, the story with Maruti products is quite different. It relies more on mileage, low maintenance costs, features and exterior looks to sell in our market. The Swift tested has 2 Airbags. On the Adult Occupant Protection, the safety for head and neck were found to be good. The driver’s chest showed weak protection and the knee area showed marginal protection due to dangerous structures behind the fascia. The footwell was deemed unstable and the body shell was deemed borderline unstable with no capacity to take the further load. The overall points for this segment were a disappointing 16%.
Child Occupant Protection
The results of the Child Occupant Protection were even worse. There are ISOFIX child seat mounts on offer. However, because Maruti doesn’t have a CRS (Child Restraint System) which could be fixed in the rear seat for the protection of the children, the overall score of this section was termed 0. Maruti declined to recommend CRSs for the dynamic test, as a result of which, a 0 score was awarded to the Swift. In the Pedestrian safety aspect, Swift managed to get a 66% score but the Safety Assist Systems section was disappointing with a mere 7% score. These test results are not encouraging at all and it is high time Maruti starts caring for the safety of their loyal customers.