Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 secures 2 stars in Global NCAP crash tests


Bodyshell integrity: stable; footwell area: unstable

The poor man’s pocket rocket, the new Alto K10, also went through the Global NCAP crash tests, securing 2 stars in the Adult occupant category and 0 in the Child occupant category. Out of 34 points, the hatchback scored 21.67 points for Adult occupant, and only 3.52 points out of 49 points for the Child occupant category. These crash tests are valid only for the Indian market.

Safety features include two front airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters, and front seat belt reminder.

Adult Occupant Protection
In the adult occupant protection tests, the report said that the protection offered to the driver’s head and neck was good. Driver’s and passenger’s chests showed marginal protection. Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection as they can impact with dangerous structures behind the fascia. Driver’s tibias showed marginal protection and adequate protection for passenger’s tibias. Footwell area was rated as unstable. The bodyshell was rated as stable and was capable of withstanding further loadings.

Side impact: head and pelvis protection was good while abdomen protection was adequate and chest protection was weak.

Side pole impact: not performed as the car does not offer side airbags.

Child Occupant Protection
As for the child occupant protection, the report said that the child seat for a 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 high risk of injuries. An 18-month-old CRS was installed using the adult seatbelt RWF showing good protection for the head and weak protection to the chest.

Vehicle-based assessment scored zero points as the car does not offer 3-point belts in all seating positions. The manufacturer declined to recommend CRSs which explains the zero points in dynamic score. The vehicle does not offer standard ISOFIX and top tether anchorages. The Passenger airbag cannot be disconnected in the case of a CRS installed in the front passenger position. Download the full report here.

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