2017 Suzuki Swift scores four stars in Euro NCAP but will the Indian model be less safer?

The Suzuki Swift which will eventually be introduced in India received three stars for the standard version and four stars for the version with the internationally available safety pack with radar brake support in Euro NCAP crash tests

By: | Updated: June 22, 2017 4:49 PM

The 2017 Suzuki Swift has just gone through the crucible of the NCAP test. The standard variant passed the test with an overall score of three stars, while the Swift fitted with the optional safety pack and radar-assisted brakes passed with four stars in the Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash tests.

Two tests were conducted on the right-hand drive model of the Swift. The 1.2-litre petrol engine version offered with radar brake support and the optional safety package has scored 88 percent in adult occupant safety, 75 percent for child occupant, 69 percent in pedestrian and 44 percent safety assist.

The standard variant, on the other hand, received 83 percent for adult occupant safety, 75 percent for child occupants, 69 percent for pedestrian and 25 percent for safety assist. The new Suzuki Swift was launched in 2016 in Japan and is based on the Baleno's lightweight platform and hence has shed weight by 100kg from the present model offered in India. In the adult occupant test, new Swift scored 33.5 points, which includes 6.7 points frontal offset, 7.1 points frontal full width,1.7 points in whiplash rear impact and 16 percent rear impact.

The premium hatchback (for India) has scored 36.9 percent in child occupancy test that is conducted for occupants between the ages of 6 years to 10 years. In frontal impact for child occupancy the hatchback scores 17.9 points frontal impact and lateral impact, 12 points in CRS installation check and 7 points in safety features.

In pedestrian protection which includes head impact, pelvis impact and leg impact the new Swift has scored 29.4 points. In addition to this, the 2017 Swift in Safety assists modes (speed assistance, seat belt reminder and lane support) the hatchback scored 5.4 points.

The new Maruti Suzuki Swift is expected to be introduced by 2018 and will be powered by a 1.2-litre K-Series petrol motor and 1.3-litre DDiS motor mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and most likely a CVT transmission for select petrol variants. In terms of safety, the hatchback will get dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and ISOFIX to be standard across the model range. However, the radar-assisted braking system may not be offered due to cost constraints in the segment. As a result of this, the Indian-spec Swift will score lesser in the same test. However, it remains to be seen if the difference in safety could extend beyond the radar brakes and into other areas such as metal strength and airbag size. For some carmakers the size of airbag on the same model in Latin America and India have been different, leading to lesser safety score for the Indian version.