Hyundai Grand i10 failed to achieve a single star in NCAP crash test
New Car Assessment Program is a car safety program that tests the safety level of new cars and accordingly gives them safety ratings from one to five stars. Previously, the Renault Kwid, Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti Eeco and the Hyundai EON failed the test as NCAP rated them zero in safety. Now, one of India’s best selling cars, the Hyundai Grand i10, has failed the acclaimed tests and scored a zero star safety rating. This points to high risk of life and increases chances of injuries to the occupants of Grand i10 in case of a crash.
It is worth noting that the Euro NCAP has given 4 stars to the same car in its Europe-spec avatar. This shows that Hyundai is offering a different Grand i10 in Latin America, which lacks in safety terms as compared to the one on sale in Europe. This difference of rating is a result of different equipment levels offered with the European and American models. An example of such safety equipment difference is the lack of child seat with ISOFIX anchorages in the Latin American model, though it is present in the European-spec Grand i10. Moreover, the European Grand i10 earned 4 stars thanks to the electronic stability control, which is missing in the Latin American models. But as a popular brand, the South Korean automaker should provide equal safety equipment in its cars, all over the world.
The model tested by Latin NCAP was made in India and had no airbags. In the adult seat protection department, the Grand i10 scored zero rating after crashing at a speed of 64km/h. And for child seat protection, the Grand i10 scored one star but the dummy of three year old placed in the test car showcased high risk of serious injuries to the child. Not only at 64km/h, the Grand i10 was not able to match the requirements even at 56 km/h in the crash test. The results declare that the body shell of this Hyundai hatchback is unstable as the body is not able to withstand a crash. The chances of injuries are maximum at the driver`s head and chest, for passenger seat the protection level is medium but the passenger’s knees could get injured due to structure intrusion in the dashboard. The Grand i10 comes with ABS and an extra option of dual front airbags, but it is offered only in the “Asta” top model.
This result is a wakeup call for the Government of India, as our manufacturers need to produce cars with same safety level provided in Europe and US.