Plenty of entry level cars had been put through the NCAP crash test recently, and most of them failed to be safe enough. Now, the Maruti Suzuki Swift was put through the Global NCAP crash test, and India’s best selling B2 segment hatchback has failed to be safe enough for occupants.
The Swift has received a score of 0 stars in the frontal collision test. Both variants, one for exports to Latin America and one sold as the base model here in India were tested and the export model received a 3-star rating since it had ABS and airbags. Global NCAP mandates that all cars should have ABS and airbags, but due to the lack of these features in the Indian spec entry level model, the car failed the test even before the crash actually took place.
The cars structural integrity has also been deemed as unstable to provide any occupant safety. However, the Europe-built Swift has a much stronger body shell and has managed to achieve a 5-star NCAP rating.
Source – NDTV Auto