India-bound Suzuki Swift, Skoda Kodiaq, BMW 5 Series safe, say EuroNCAP tests

The new Suzuki Swift is expected to come to India by early 2018, while the Skoda Kodiaq and the new BMW 5 Series will make to the Indian shores in the next few months.

autos Updated: Jun 01, 2017 13:14 IST
Gulshankumar Wankar
Gulshankumar Wankar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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CEO of carmaker Skoda, Bernhard Maier speaks next to a Skoda Kodiaq during the media day of the 17th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai. The Kodiaq will come to India sometime later this year. (AFP file photo)

The new Suzuki Swift, Skoda’s much-awaited sport utility vehicle Kodiaq and the updated executive sedan BMW 5 Series have passed the car safety tests conducted by a European vehicular safety ratings agency. The three models will be launched in India later this year or by early next year.

According to results released on Wednesday, the Euro New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) awarded three out of the maximum five stars safety rating to the standard variant of 2017 Suzuki Swift and four stars to the one with “radar brake support”. The updated global hatchback from the Japanese automaker was showcased in Geneva in March and will make it to India early 2018.

Both models – standard and with safety pack – have dual front airbags, seatbelt pre-tensioners and load limiters for driver as well as front co-passenger. The new Swift with the optional safety pack -- radar brake support –has autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system, which decelerates or stops the vehicle on its own to avoid an impending collision. Besides AEB, the European variant also comes with side head, chest and pelvis airbags for both the front passengers for lateral crash protection. Both these features may not make it to the India edition.

“The Swift scored maximum points in both the side barrier test and the more severe side pole impact, with good protection of all critical body regions. Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision. However, a geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated poor whiplash protection for occupants in those seating positions,” EuroNCAP said in comments.

The latest big SUV in the motown, Skoda Kodiaq and BMW’s executive sedan 5 Series scored a five-star safety rating in the crash tests.

Both the cars come with dual front airbags, besides one more knee airbag for the driver.

The European edition of the Kodiaq is also safer on the road for other users, with AEB activated for the pedestrians as standard.

Skoda will launch Kodiaq in India around festive season, for which bookings have already opened. The updated 5 Series “Bimmer” is also expected to hit the Indian shores in the third quarter of 2017.

Besides these, the European edition of Mini’s small MPV Countryman also got five stars from the EuroNCAP.

EuroNCAP is a global consumer safety agency that works with the Global NCAP and other NCAPs across the world to rate the safety of a vehicle by crashing them at 64kmph into a deformable barrier for head-on collision impact assessment.

Last month, the Global NCAP released India results under which a Renault Duster variant with basic safety scored a zero, while the one with single driver-airbag version scored three stars for adult occupants. Both the got two stars for child protection.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 13:13 IST