The Maruti Suzuki S Presso was evaluated in accordance with the Global NCAP’s updated and improved crash test protocols, which went into force in July 2022. The S-Presso received one star for adult protection and zero stars for kid protection in the latest tests. In 2020, Global NCAP evaluated the India-specific S-Presso and awarded it a 0 star grade for adult protection and a 2 star rating for kid protection.
2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso crash test results
The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso achieved a 1-star rating for adult occupant protection in the crash tests conducted under the revised GNCAP criteria, receiving 20.03 points out of a maximum of 34. This includes 8.19 out of a possible 17 points for the frontal offset impact and 11.90 points for the side deformable crash test.
The driver’s and passenger’s head protection during the frontal collision test was evaluated as ‘good’. However, testers remarked that the driver’s chest gave little protection, which resulted in a significant loss of points. For the passenger’s chest, however, the S Presso provided only moderate protection.
The side crash test is mandatory under the new GNCAP standards, and the S-Presso demonstrated mediocre protection for the driver’s head and chest, but good protection for the abdomen and pelvis.
Old versus new Maruti Suzuki S Presso crash test results
This is not the first time GNCAP has evaluated the S-Presso. The hatchback, which was only equipped with a driver-side airbag, was evaluated in November 2020 and received a rating of 0 stars for adult occupant protection and 2 stars for child occupant protection.
The prior test findings cannot be directly compared to the new ones because the entire process has been redesigned in accordance with the new protocols. Interestingly, the S-Presso has earned one star under the new, more stringent guidelines, up from zero in the prior test. However, it should be noted that the tested S-Presso has more basic safety equipment, such as dual airbags, than the model tested in 2020.
Global NCAP also evaluated the Indian-made S-Presso for the South African market in June 2022. It is possible that the S-Presso here received a three-star rating for adult protection since the South African model has more safety features than the India-specific variant evaluated in 2020. This is the third time that the S-Presso has been evaluated by Global NCAP.
A pole-impact test, which was also part of the revised standard, was not performed on the hatchback since it lacks even optional side head protection. The S-Presso also lacks conventional Electronic Stability Control, hence it was not evaluated for safety assist systems. In addition, it does not meet UN127 or GTR9 pedestrian protection standards.
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