Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Alto K10 were tested in the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R achieved a 1-star rating while the Alto K10 was awarded 2 stars. The latest round of GNCAP crash tests was performed as a part of the ‘Safer Cars For India’ programme, which has stricter parameters for testing.
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Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
In the Adult Occupant Protection test, Maruti Suzuki Wagon R scored 19.69 points out of a total of 34.00 points, achieving a 1-star rating. In the Child Occupant Protection test, the hatchback scored 3.40 points out of an achievable 49.00 points.
During frontal impact in the adult occupation protection test, the protection offered to the driver’s head was adequate and the passenger’s head was good. However, the driver’s chest showed weak protection. The bodyshell was rated as unstable and not capable of withstanding further loadings. The side pole impact test was not performed as the car does not offer side airbags.
During frontal impact in the child occupant protection test, the child seat for the 3-year-old was installed FWF using the adult seatbelt and was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact exposing the head to a high risk of injuries. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R does not offer standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
In the Adult Occupant Protection test, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 scored 21.67 points out of a possible 34.00, achieving a 2-star rating. In the Child Occupant Protection test, the hatchback scored 3.52 points out of a total of 49.00 points, receiving 0 stars.
Frontal impact during the adult occupant protection test showed that the protection offered to the driver’s head and neck was good. The driver’s and passenger’s chests showed marginal protection, while their knees showed marginal and weak protection.
The frontal impact during the child occupant protection test revealed that the child seat installed using the adult seatbelt was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, exposing the head to a high risk of injuries. The vehicle does not offer standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages.
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The ratings received by Maruti Suzuki Wagon R and Alto K10 continue the disappointing performance of Indian hatchbacks at the Global NCAP tests. The Wagon R was previously tested in 2019 and was awarded a 2-star rating at the time. The new round of testing took place under stricter parameters, which lead to a drop in rating for the hatchback.