Hyundai i20 earns a three-star safety rating from Global NCAP

The Hyundai i20 hatchback was one of three automobiles crash tested by the Global NCAP in the most recent round, with the Hyundai Creta and the Toyota Urban Cruiser being the other two. Both Hyundai vehicles received a three-star overall safety rating for adult and kid occupants. The GNCAP safety ratings for the Hyundai i20 are broken down.

The vehicle tested was the entry-level variant, which means it comes standard with two airbags, ABS, and front seatbelt warning, as is standard during GNCAP crash tests.

  • Hyundai i20 secures 3 stars in child and adult occupancy
  • Bodyshell rated unstable in crash at 64kph
  • Hyundai Creta, Toyota Urban Cruiser tested as well  

GNCAP gives the Hyundai i20 a three-star rating for safety.

In November 2020, the third-generation Hyundai i20 was unveiled in India. The i20 competes with the Tata Altroz, Honda Jazz, Maruti Suzuki Baleno, and Toyota Glanza in the premium hatchback segment.

The i20 received a 3-star rating after scoring 8.84 points (out of 17) in adult occupancy. The bodyshell and footwell area were classified as unstable and unable to bear further stresses in the study. The i20 also lost points because the driver’s chest was poorly protected, and the driver’s and passenger’s knees were only marginally protected. Head and neck protection for both front occupants, on the other hand, varied from sufficient to good.

The i20 received 36.89 points for child occupancy (out of 49). The i20 comes standard with ISOFIX anchorages, and the child restraint system (CRS) was also well-placed and signposted. While it prevented excessive forward movement, the assessment adds that it lost points due to inadequate protection for the child’s neck region. Furthermore, the back middle seat is only equipped with a lap belt.

Scores for the Hyundai i20 compared to the previous generation model

In November 2018, GNCAP crash tested the previous model of the made-in-India i20. While the previous-generation i20 had a 3-star GNCAP safety certification, it scored higher in adult occupancy. In adult occupancy, the previous-generation i20 scored 10.15 points, compared to the new i20’s 8.84 points. However, child occupancy protection has improved, as the previous-generation i20 received only a 2-star safety rating with 18.16 points.

When comparing the Hyundai i20’s GNCAP score to those of competitors,

Hyundai i20
Hyundai i20

While the i20 has several advantages over its competitors, such as a long list of standard features and a variety of engine and transmission options, it falls short in terms of safety. Only the Tata Altroz maintains its 5-star GNCAP safety rating in the premium hatchback market. The Honda Jazz (second-gen in India, third globally) was recently accident tested by Global NCAP and received a strong 4-star safety rating. Despite the fact that it is much older and has been on the market since 2015, it continues to remain popular.

Even the fifth-generation Volkswagen Polo offered in India, which will shortly be phased out, received a 4-star GNCAP safety certification when it was evaluated in 2014. The GNCAP has yet to test the recently debuted Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Toyota Glanza.

Other GNCAP crash tests conducted recently

As previously stated, GNCAP has also crash tested the Hyundai Creta (3 stars) and the Toyota Urban Cruiser (4 stars), with the latter receiving a higher safety rating. Prior to this, the Honda Jazz and fourth-generation Honda City were both crash tested by GNCAP and received a 4-star safety rating. You can learn more about them by clicking here. The tiny SUV combination of the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger recently received a strong 4 star rating from GNCAP.

Global NCAP examinations, on the other hand, are expected to get more difficult in the following months. Global NCAP will alter its testing process in July 2022 to include ESC as well as side impact and pedestrian protection tests. The addition of ESC is a great development, as it emphasises active safety (avoidance of an accident) elements.

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