Maruti Baleno with side airbags receives 3-star rating in Euro-NCAP
The Maruti Baleno (called as Suzuki Baleno outside India) has been awarded 3-star rating in the Euro-NCAP crash tests for the lower variants which are not equipped with the radar braking system. The fully loaded variant with the said feature managed to receive 4-star rating.
The hatchback which is made in India for global consumption is found to have a stable structure under frontal off-set collision test, thus offering good adult and child occupant protection in most cases. However, in its test report, Euro-NCAP noted that:
In the more severe side pole impact test, dummy readings of lateral rib compression indicated weak chest protection and the head protection was downgraded to adequate as a result of the incorrect (side) airbag deployment.
The low-end Euro-spec Baleno which was awarded 3-star rating was equipped with standard safety features such as dual front airbag, side airbags, seat belt pre-tensioner and load limiter, seat-belt reminder and ABS with EBD. In terms of percentage, the hatchback scored 80% in adult occupant protection category, 73% in child occupant protection, 65% in pedestrian protection and 43% in safety assistance systems.
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It’s to be noted that the India-spec Maruti Baleno does not offer side airbags and Autonomous Emergency Braking even as optional extras. A detailed category-wise grading can be found in the result sheet below the gallery.