Hyundai Creta scored three starts in adult occupant protection and child occupant protection tests in the latest round of GNCAP crash tests
In the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests, Hyundai’s Creta midsize SUV had been tested and after a strenuous programme, it was awarded three stars. The prototype used was of the entry-level E variant, which does not have safety features such as side and curtain airbags. The Creta was given three stars in the adult occupant protection tests as the body shell was rated unstable.
It was also evaluated as not being capable of withstanding any further loads. Out of 17, the five-seater SUV currently leading the midsize SUV sales charts scored just 8 points. Amidst the chest protection was found to be marginal for the driver, the head protection for the driver was adequate while the same for the passenger was said to be good.
The neck protection for the driver and co-passenger was also found to be good. The knee protection was rated marginal as they might collide with dangerous structures behind the dashboard panel. In a similar fashion to the adult occupant protection, the child occupant protection tests gave away three stars for the highly popular SUV.
The Creta secured 28.29 points out of 49. The seatbelt did not prevent excessive forward movement of the heads of the three-year-old dummy while the chest protection was evaluated to be weak. Since the base E trim does not offer ISOFIX child seat anchorages, the seats had to be secured with seatbelts. The 1.5-year-old dummy facing rearwards had better protection.
The GNCAP test results of the Hyundai Creta are identical to that of the Kia Seltos, which it shares the platform with. The Creta comes with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD as standard while the top-spec trims are available with ESC, VSM, rear disc brakes, etc. The independent organisation noted that the Creta misses out on 3-point seatbelts and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard.
Just like the Creta, the Hyundai i20 has also scored three stars in GNCAP crash tests. It is worth noting that the central government released a draft notification recently to make six airbags compulsory for all new vehicles from October this year as the safety standards and priorities in India continue to improve.