Experts assessed the safety of small SUVsNovember 12, 2020
Right-hand drive Kia Seltos showed a low level of safety in the rating of the supranational association Global NCAP.
Tried and tested Seltos – Indian made. According to the rules for crash tests, cars in basic configurations must be taken. Such a Seltos “in the base” has two airbags, but does not have Isofix clips for child seats and even a seat belt for the middle passenger on the back seat. The power structure of the body barely withstood the blow – deformation at the limit allowed by the Global NCAP rules. In the area of the driver’s feet, the floor “showed instability.” In the test, the Indian Seltos earned only three out of five stars for adult passengers and two out of five for children.
Recall that Global NCAP conducts only one type of crash test – a frontal impact on a deformable barrier with 40 percent overlap at a speed of 64 km / h (as in the 1997 Euro NCAP protocol). Global NCAP is headquartered in London but tests machines primarily for the Indian market.
Note that in December 2019, the right-hand drive Seltos was already tested by a crash test – the Australian association ANCAP. Then the crossover performed excellently, earning the maximum possible five stars. ANCAP conducts four passive safety tests, including a similar frontal impact at 64 km / h. However, ANCAP tested the car for the Australian market, and it comes with six airbags and Isofix as standard. In addition, Korean-made Seltos are sold in Australia, while Indian-made crossovers are imported to other “right-hand drive” countries. Seltos from Korea and India differ not only in equipment, they have a slight difference in body structure. Based on the test results, it can also be assumed that the Indian Seltos is made from cheap rolled metal and with less requirements for welding quality.
The left-hand drive Seltos was smashed in August of this year by the American insurance organization IIHS: it showed itself excellently not only when it hit a 40 percent barrier from a speed of 64 km / h, but also under a much tougher test – hitting a 25 percent barrier from a speed of 64 km / h.
In the latest series of tests, Global NCAP, along with the Korean model, also tested the passive safety of two budget cars popular in India – the subcompact Suzuki S-Presso and Hyundai Grand i10 Nios.
The Suzuki S-Presso completely failed – it couldn’t take a single star. It is not surprising – its basic equipment includes only a driver’s airbag, and no Isofix. The load on the chest of both front riders upon impact was prohibitive. Plus, the body structure was found to be unstable and in need of work. The floor around the legs is deformed. The S-Presso has three-point seat belts in the base not even for all passengers.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios performed better, gaining a couple of stars for the protection of adults and children. It has, in the most affordable version, two front airbags and seat belt pretensioners for both front riders. However, the Grand i10 Nios does not have Isofix and three-point belts for all passengers.
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