HMIL launched the new-gen i10, Dubbed Hyundai Grand i10 Nios, last year. Recently, the Maruti Swift-rival has scored two stars at Global NCAP crash test.
Hyundai launched the new-gen i10 under the new name, Grand i10 Nios, last year. Recently, the new-gen hatchback underwent the Global NCAP crash test with an underwhelming result of two-star rating. Hyundai i10 Nios was among the three India-made vehicles to take the test. Other vehicles, Kia Seltos and Maruti S-Presso, received three-star and zero-star ratings, respectively. It must be noted here that arch rival Maruti Swift has got a similar 2-star rating from the independent vehicle crash safety assessment body.
The Hyundai Grand i10 Nios achieves two stars for adult occupant protection
Two years ago, Maruti Swift which is a major rival to the Hyundai i10 also received the same test score at the Global NCAP. The variant used on the safety test came with standard features like dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, seat belt reminder, and ABS. It is believed that the poor result of Hyundai i10 Nios was caused by the lack of standard three-point seat belts for the middle passenger on the rear bench as well as ISOFIX child seat mount.
According to the test result, Hyundai Grand i10 Nios scored 7.05 out of maximum 17 points and 15 out of 49 points for the adult and child occupant protection. The bodyshell integrity was rated as “unstable”, especially the floor under the footwell area, by Global NCAP. For adult occupant safety, Global NCAP noted good protection for the head and neck. However, chest and foot protection for the driver was deemed to be weak. Chest protection for adult passengers was considered adequate.
Hyundai i10 Nios was launched last year in India
For child protection, it was noted that the 18-month old dummy got fair protection for the head and chest. However, 3-year old dummy showed excessive forward excursion on the head, suggesting a low level of chest protection.
While the Hyundai i10 Nios delivered a poor performance at the Global NCAP test, two other models from Tata Motors, Tata Tigor and Tiago, got a good score of 4 stars. It is worth noticing that the Europe-spec previous-gen Hyundai i10 scored 4 stars at the Euro-NCAP safety test. Even though the crash test result of the new Hyundai i10 in Europe is not out yet, it is likely that the Euro-spec will get a better result than India-spec Hyundai i10 Nios.