One of the best-selling car in India, the all new Maruti Swift has been crash tested by Global NCAP. The variant crash tested was made in India by Maruti Suzuki. It is the same variant which is on sale in India, and not the export-spec variant.
The Maruti Swift which was crash tested featured 2 airbags and had a kerb weight of 1,079 kgs. It managed to score only 2 star safety rating, which is really low. Export spec variant has been awarded 3 star rating by Euro NCAP.
Global NCAP said, “The two star result for adult occupants is due to high compression to the driver chest, unstable structure and poor protection for the feet explained by pedal displacement on the driver side.”
“However comparing it to its twin model for the European market, the Indian version underperformed in the frontal crash test and is offering less safety features like side body and curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) that are standard for Europe, in India are not even optional.”
David Ward, Global NCAP Secretary General said – “The latest version of the Swift sold in India has improved and it is good to see dual airbags as standard. This confirms the beneficial effect of the Indian Government’s new crash test regulations. But the performance of the Swift sold in Europe and Japan shows that a better safety performance is still possible so Global NCAP would like to see Maruti Suzuki aim higher.”
Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Technical Director said: “Maruti Suzuki proved with the Brezza that they can produce locally models with high safety performance. They should do the same with the Swift and at least make it available in the model range added safety features available as standard in the European and Japanese version.”
Below is the detailed crash test report by Global NCAP. In case you cannot read it below, you can head here.