As a part of its #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign, Global NCAP (Global New Car Assessment Programme) has put the made-in-India Hyundai i20 through its crash tests regime. The small car has scored a three-star adult occupant rating and a two-star rating for child occupancy.
As per Global NCAP, the made-in-India Hyundai i20 has secured 10.15 points out of 17.00 in adult occupant safety and 18.16 points out of 49 in child occupant safety. The crash tests were conducted at a speed of 64 km/h.
As per the test results, the protection offered to the head and the neck of the driver and the passenger dummies was good. The chest of the driver had limited protection, whereas the passenger's chest had adequate security. Similarly, the driver's knees had minimal protection, while the knees of the passenger satisfactory and marginal protection as they could impact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard supported by the Tran fascia tube. The car offers standard SBR for driver side only. Its bodyshell has been rated 'unstable.'
The 18-month-old child dummy in the rear-facing child seat installed using the adult seatbelt showed good protection to head and chest.
On the other hand, the 3-year-old child dummy, which was placed in a forward-facing child seat, could not prevent excessive forward movement, thereby exposing the head to a high risk. The test model did not offer 3 point belts in all seating positions. It also didn't have ISOFIX as standard, but it offered the provision to disable the passenger airbag.
Global NCAP also noted that the structure of the South African-spec Hyundai i20 is different from that of the European model. Safety equipment list for the South African model does not include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), side body airbags and side curtain airbags, all of which are standard in Europe.