It is not unknown that most Indian cars fall short on safety standards. The companies do this to keep the prices low, to attract more customers. This does more harm than good. In Europe it is absolutely compulsory for all road-legal vehicles to have basic safety features like ABS and ESC. These features are not available in base variants of most Indian cars (most don’t even have them on the mid-variants).
Recently the results of the crash test of the Swift and Datsun Go were made public, and it makes us question how lightly road safety is taken in this country. Double standards by Maruti were revealed. The two variants used for test, one exported to Latin America, one sold in the domestic market were vastly different in terms of safety standards. The Swift, which was to be exported, had Airbags and ABS as standard on the base model, while as the domestic one didn’t.
Well Hyundai hasn’t held back on the safety norms. Their new soon-to-be launched Hyundai ix25 aced the NCAP test held in China. The car scored a full 5 star rating at China`s NCAP rating, showing the companies commitment towards safety.
The Hyundai ix25 was subjected to 4 tests, results of which are listed below.
• 100% full frontal overlap test- conducted at 50kmph – Score – 15.89/18
• Side impact test-conducted at 50-51 kmph – Score – 18/18
• 40% overall front crash test- conducted at 64 kmph – Score – 14.18/18
• Whiplash test on drivers seat- conducted at 15.65 kmph – Score – 100%
What is impressive is this test was carried out on the base variant of the Hyundai ix25, and there were no side airbags. Still the car managed to get a full 5 star rating by the agency. Hopefully Hyundai maintains these standards while getting the car down to India. A total investment of 1000 Cr has been made by Hyundai to produce this car in the country, with an emphasis on 90% localization to keep costs down. The Hyundai ix25 will be made in Chennai, and will be available in petrol as well as diesel. There might be a 4WD option as well.