Maruti Suzuki S Presso gets 1 star under new Global NCAP protocols

    The India spec S Presso was previously tested in 2020 under the old protocols where it scored zero stars.

    Published On Dec 12, 2022 02:30:00 PM


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    Global NCAP has tested the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso under its new and upgraded crash test protocols, which came into effect in July 2022. In the new tests, the S-Presso has secured a 1-star rating for adult protection and a 0-star rating for child protection. The India-spec S-Presso was previously tested by Global NCAP in 2020 where it received a 0-star rating for adult protection and a 2-star rating for child protection. 

    1. S Presso scores zero stars for child occupant protection 
    2. One of three Maruti Suzuki hatchbacks tested under new protocols

    2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso: adult occupant crash test results

    In the crash tests conducted under the new GNCAP protocols, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso received a 1-star rating for adult occupant protection test, scoring 20.03 points out of a maximum of 34. This includes 8.19 points for frontal off-set impact and 11.9 points for the side deformable crash test, both out of a possible 17. 

    In the frontal impact test, the protection offered for the driver's and passenger’s heads was rated as 'good'. However, the testers noted that the driver’s chest offered poor protection and that is where major points were lost. For the passenger’s chest, on the other hand, the S-Presso offered marginal protection. 

    The side crash test is compulsory in the new GNCAP norms and here the S-Presso showed marginal protection for the driver’s head and chest, but the abdomen and pelvis protection was rated as good.

     A pole-impact test, also a part of the new protocol, was not conducted on the hatchback, since it does not have any form of side head protection, even as an option.The S-Presso also doesn't get Electronic Stability Control as standard, and hence, it was not tested for safety assist systems. Moreover, it does not comply with UN127 or GTR9 pedestrian protection norms either.

    2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso: child occupant crash test results

    For child occupant protection, it was awarded just 3.52 points out of a possible 49. The hatchback achieved a CRS (child restrain system) installation score of 3.52 points and zero points for both  dynamic score and vehicle assessment score.

    The front-facing child seat for the three-year-old dummy was installed using an adult seatbelt. Testers noted that it was not able to prevent forward head movement beyond permissible limits. The rearward facing child seat for the 18-month-old dummy was able to prevent head exposure in frontal impact, offering good protection for the head but poor protection to the chest. 

    In the previous protocol, the regulation did not require child dummies for side impact tests. However, they are now compulsory, and the S-Presso offered full side impact protection. 

    Maruti Suzuki S Presso: old vs new crash test results 

    This is not the first time that the S-Presso has been tested by GNCAP. The hatchback, fitted with only a driver-side airbag, was tested in November 2020, where it scored a 0-star rating for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection.

    The previous test results cannot be compared directly with the new one, as the whole process has been overhauled under the new protocols. However, it is interesting to note that the S-Presso has secured one star under the new, more stringent protocols, up from zero in the previous test. 

    In the 2020 test, the S-Presso came with just a driver-side airbag as standard. It offered only adequate protection to the driver's neck and poor protection to the passenger's neck. In the new tests, the S-Presso, which now gets dual airbags as standard, offers good protection to the driver's and passenger's neck, and also sees an improvement to the chest protection score for the passenger side.


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