Maruti S-Presso has not performed well in the Global NCAP crash tests with zero star rating. Hyundai Grand i10 Nios gets two while Kia Seltos scores three.
Built on the company’s 5th-gen Heartect platform, the Maruti S-Presso was introduced in late 2019 and it quickly entered the list of best-selling cars of India. In October 2020, Maruti Suzuki managed to sell over 10,000 units of the S-Presso, which clearly indicates the immense popularity of the SUV-styled hatchback in our country. Thanks to the revised norms that came into play last year, the Maruti S-Presso comes with a driver airbag as standard. However, due the absence of dual airbags, the Maruti S-Presso has been given a ZERO rating for adult protection in tests performed by NCAP. Meanwhile, it has managed to gain two stars in the child occupant safety.
According to Global NCAP’s test results, the driver and front passengers of the S-Presso received good protection to the heads. While the driver’s neck got adequate protection, that of the passenger was poor. The same occurred to the chest areas of the driver and front passenger. The driver’s knees were not protected well but the knees of the co-driver passenger had good protection.
As per GNCAP, the body shell of the S-Presso and its footwell area were also deemed unstable. It shows poor results for both dummies in the child occupant protection. The car offers no ISOFIX seat mounts for the Child Restraint System (CRS). The baby test dummy received poor protection to the head and chest while the three-point seat works fine for the 3-year-old test dummy, thereby leading to an overall 2-star safety rating for the child protection.
In response to the Global NCAP’s latest crash test result, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd said,
“Safety is a critical issue and is therefore closely regulated by governments around the world as they are responsible for the safety of the people in their countries. It cannot be left to the opinion of any self-proclaimed party. The Government of India has recently increased the stringency of car crash test standards and made them identical to European standards. All products of the company are fully compliant with these global standards and duly tested and certified by the Government of India.”
The Maruti S-Presso is being sold in good numbers for many good reasons, such as a bold look, spacious cabin, brilliant fuel-efficiency along with an affordable price tag. While driver airbag is offered as standard across all trims, dual airbags are available only in the upper variant. Other safety features in the Maruti S-Presso include ABS with EBD, front seatbelt reminder and rear parking sensors.