Suzuki Ignis Crash Test Result Stands At 3 Stars At NCAP, 5 stars with optional safety pack in Europe
It has been much to our satisfaction that the Indian market is finally warming up to the importance of safety features and a increasing interest in the NCAP ratings of the products that have Indian connection is a good example of that. Now, the country’s biggest car maker Maruti Suzuki doesn’t have a really stellar history at NCAP and this is why after Baleno’s relative success, the Suzuki Ignis getting 3 stars at NCAP is a welcome development for the company.
This result was conveyed with the latest round of crash test results declared by the premier automotive safety organisation, Euro New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) for 2016. Interestingly, the option of the Ignis that comes with the optional safety pack has scored a full 5 out of 5 stars on safety front, impressive. Along with the Ignis, NCAP also released the numbers for SsangYong Tivoli, Ford Edge, Audi Q2 and Hyundai Ioniq. As per NCAP Euro, “Suzuki Ignis’s passenger compartment remains stable in the offset deformable frontal impact test.
Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs of the driver and passenger. Suzuki showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and those sat in different positions.” It is to be noted that these numbers are for the European spec models of the Ignis which comes wearing dual front airbags along with side head, chest, and pelvis airbags as standard. The standard model also gets ISOFIX mounting points, airbag cut-off switch and seat belt reminder.
On the other hand, the Ignis variant with the optional safety pack comes equipped variant includes AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) for city and inter-urban transport, pedestrian safety system, lane assist system and radar-assisted braking on the highway. The Ignis also has a low-speed autonomous emergency braking as part of its optional ‘Dual Camera Brake Support’ safety pack. The results of that system though are not part of the assessment.
Moving further, the Ignis has scored full points in the side barrier impact test, though the driver’s chest protection was established to be weak, while protection of the chest was marginal for the driver and rear passenger in the rigid barrier test. While the car offers full points good protection across all critical body regions in side impact test. We certainly hope Maruti carries this safety build quality on the Ignis when the car arrives in India early next year. It is time India gets international level build qualities and safety features from the automakers.