Another important car for India, the yet-to-be-launched new-generation Suzuki Swift, has scored 3 Stars with the standard safety equipment in Euro NCAP crash test results. However, with the optional Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB City and AEB Inter-urban) system, the new Swift scores 4 Stars. The tested model had 1.2 litre petrol engine with a kerb weight of 855 kg.
The Euro-spec new Swift has scored 83% for adult occupant safety (88% with optional equipment), 75% for child, and 69% for pedestrian safety. Standard safety kit include front airbags, side airbags (head, chest and pelvis), seat belt pretentioners and load limiters.
Regarding adult occupant protection, the report comments that the passenger compartment of the Swift remained stable in the frontal offset test. Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and passenger. In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the chest was marginal, both for the driver and the rear seat passenger. Otherwise, protection of critical body areas was rated a good or adequate. Maximum points were given for 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”, added the report.
For child occupants, the report said that in the frontal offset test, readings from the 6 year dummy indicated poor chest protection and weak protection of the neck. For the 10 year dummy, neck protection was marginal. The front passenger airbag can be disabled to allow a rearward-facing child restraint to be used in that seating position. Clear information is provided regarding the status of the airbag and the system was rewarded. “All of the restraint types for the which the Swift is designed could be properly installed and accommodated”, added the report.
Moving on to the pedestrian protection, the report commented that the protection provided by the bonnet to the head of a struck pedestrian was predominantly good or adequate, with poor results recorded on the stiff windscreen pillars. The bumper scored maximum points, offering good protection to pedestrians’ legs at all test locations. Protection of the pelvis was predominantly good but some weak and poor results were also recorded.
Regarding the autonomous emergency braking, which is a part of Swift’s ‘Radar Brake Support’ option pack, the report observed that the system performed adequately.