Honda Amaze scores 2-star Global NCAP crash test rating

    Lack of standard ESC, side head protection and a seat belt reminder for all five seats were the reasons for the 2-star adult occupant protection rating.

    Published On Apr 23, 2024 11:30:00 AM


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    Global NCAP has crash tested the Honda Amaze sedan under its new protocol, and awarded it a 2-star adult occupant and a 0-star child occupant protection rating. The Honda Amaze is among the last few cars to be tested under Global NCAP's Safer Cars for India campaign as India moves to its own Bharat NCAP safety assessment programme.

    1. Receives 0-star rating for child occupant protection
    2. New-gen model arriving later this year

    Honda Amaze Global NCAP score explained

    As per Global NCAP’s report, the adult occupant protection score was low due to the lack of optional side head protection, absence of ESC as standard as well as a seat belt reminder for the driver only. 

    Moving on to the child occupant protection, the dummies of both children showed head contact in the frontal impact test. The three-year-old child dummy suffered from high loadings in the chest and neck, while the one and a half year old dummy was at risk of being ejected. Furthermore, the lack of three point seat belts in all seating positions, the lack of a passenger airbag disconnection switch as well as just one provision for CRS installation resulted in a 0-star rating for child occupant protection.

    Interestingly, Honda had recently updated its entire line-up in India with additional safety features, a move that saw the Amaze gain seat belt reminders for all five seats. Had the newer model been tested, the safety rating could have been slightly different. 

    As per GNCAP's report, the protection offered to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck was good, while diver’s and passenger’s chest showed adequate protection. Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal protection, and driver’s and passenger’s tibias showed good protection. Footwell area was rated as stable. Furthermore, the bodyshell was rated as stable and it is capable of withstanding further loadings.

    Also see: Top rated cars, SUVs in new GNCAP crash tests: updated list

    Honda's response to the crash test

    Honda Cars India, in an official statement, said that the lower rating is “mainly due to requirement of certain equipment like Electronic Stability Control and Side Curtain Airbags”. The statement continued: “We are dedicated to continuously work to enhance our vehicles on all parameters of safety and improve them further at model change timing.”

    This line is particularly important as the current-gen version was introduced in 2018 and is set to be replaced by an all-new model later this year. This makes it an odd pick for a crash test, although a similar thing happened back in 2022 when the Honda Jazz and Gen4 Honda City were tested just as they were about to be discontinued. Instead, Global NCAP should have picked the Elevate SUV, launched in 2023, which would be more relevant consumer advice.

    Safety features that are offered on the Amaze include ABS with EBD, dual frontal airbags, rear parking sensors, rear multi-view camera, a high-speed alert and ISOFIX child seat anchorages. The sedan is currently priced between Rs 7.93 lakh-9.86 lakh (ex-showroom), and goes up against the Hyundai Aura and Tata Tigor.

    Also see:

    Honda City, Amaze, Elevate get up to Rs 83,000 off this month

    Bolero Neo, Kia Carens, Honda Amaze Global NCAP crash test results video

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