The facelifted version of the Hyundai Creta has been crash tested by ASEAN NCAP where it has come away with an impressive 5-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection. The model tested was manufactured in Indonesia and is also sold in other South Asian countries such as Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The Creta facelift had made its global debut about a year ago in Indonesia itself.
The model tested was the base-spec Active trim that’s sold in Indonesia, and, as standard, it came equipped with dual airbags, seatbelt reminder for front occupants and ABS with EBD and ESC. ASEAN NCAP also tested a higher-spec variant to test the safety assist systems on the Creta.
For adult occupant protection, the Creta facelift scored a total of 27.78 points out of a possible 32, therefore securing a 5-star rating. In the frontal impact test, the SUV offered good protection to the upper body of both the driver and passenger, although protection for driver’s leg area was recorded as adequate. It was also tested for side impact, where it recorded marginal protection for the driver’s chest area.
For child occupant protection, the Creta facelift secured 39.67 points out of 51, again securing a 5-star rating. The SUV was tested with two child dummies – a one-and-half-year-old and a three-year-old – with the child seats facing rearwards. Here too, it was tested for front and side impact along with installation of child restrain system.
As far as safety assist systems are concerned, the Creta facelift scored 14.79 points out of a possible 21 points. The Creta was tested for autonomous emergency braking and blind spot detection – both of which it cleared – and helped it secure a 5-star rating.
The pre-facelift version of the Creta that’s currently sold in India has previously been tested by Global NCAP as well. However, the made-in-India Creta only managed an average 3-star rating. And that’s even before GNCAP’s stricter testing protocol came into effect this July. This means the India-spec Creta was not tested for side impact, safety assist systems or pedestrian protection.
Global NCAP had also stated in its report that the body-shell of the India-spec Creta was ‘unstable’ and incapable of withstanding further loadings. This, however, was not the case with the Indonesian-spec model at the ASEAN NCAP.