Global NCAP’s second round of #SaferCarsForAfrica crash test results are out, and the Hyundai i20 has scored 3 stars in the Adult Occupant Protection category.
As you might know, Hyundai India (HMIL) exports cars from its Chennai facility to Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Australia and Asia Pacific. The tested model too was manufactured in India. It was equipped with dual front airbags, front seat belt pretensioners, driver seat belt reminder, and 4 Channel ABS. The tests were done at 64 km/h.
Adult Occupant Protection
For the Adult Occupant, the report said that the protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck was good. Driver chest showed marginal protection and passenger chest showed adequate protection. Driver’s knees showed marginal protection while passenger’s knees showed adequate and marginal protection as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard supported by the Tranfascia tube.
The bodyshell was rated as unstable and it was not capable of withstanding further loadings. The report considers footwell area too as unstable.
Child Occupant Protection
As for the Child Occupant, the i20 scored just 2 stars. The child seat for an 18 month old was installed RWF using the adult seatbelt and offered good protection to head and chest. The seat for a 3 year old was installed FWF with the adult seatbelt and could not prevent excessive forward movement exposing the head to risks during the test.
The report noted that the car does not offer 3 point belts in all seating positions, and the ISOFIX mounts doesn’t come as standard either. However, the car offers the possibility to disable passenger airbag as standard.
The organisation further said that the i20’s structure is different to that of the European model. Safety equipment in South Africa does not offer Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side body airbags and side curtain airbags which are standard in Europe.