In the month of January we have reported about the shocking Euro NCAP results of the popular hatchbacks of the Indian market. The hatchback which participated in the Euro NCAP tests and failed miserably were the entry level hatch Tata Nano, The popular Maruti Alto800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and lastly the Volkswagen Polo.
Recently Euro NCAP conducted another test and this time on the second generation Hyundai i10 which is sold in the form of Grand i10 in our Indian market.
This time the Grand i10 scored good ratings compared to the previous generation i10. The Grand i10 was able to score an all total of 4 out of 5 stars (Note: There are some difference in the safety precautions between the second generation i10 sold globally and the Grand i10 available in our Indian market).
Now the second generation global i10 which was tested comes equipped with following safety features such as dual front airbags, side airbags which include (Head (front and rear), Thorax), ESC (Electronic stability control). While the Grand i10 sold in the Indian market comes only with dual airbags at its front (only on the top end variant) while the other variants gets only seatbelts for safety of the passengers.
Coming to the score this second generation Hyundaii10 was able to score 79% in terms of Adult Occupant, 80% in terms of Child Occupant, 71% in terms of Pedestrians and 56% in terms of safety assist.
The previous NCAP test results along with this recent result quite clearly reveals that all the popular entry level cars sold in our Indian market provides minimal safety to the passengers inside. I think this is the right time that our auto manufacturers start thinking about the safety of the occupants rather than focusing on any other aspects.
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