June 06, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

Recent ASEAN NCAP test gives Zero stars to two cars


Having concluded their recent round of crash tests, the ASEAN New Car Assesment Program (ASEAN NCAP) gave varying degrees of scores to the vehicles involved. The cars tested in this batch include the Hyundai Eon, Isuzu Mu-X, Kia Picanto, Nissan Navara, Nissan X-Trail, Suzuki Ciaz and Suzuki Ertiga. Two among the cars tested were rated zero, four of them received four stars and one was able to achieve a five star rating.

The cars that received the bottom end of NCAP’s marks were the Hyundai Eon and Kia Picanto, both vehicles tested without airbags. During the test, the Picanto’s door opened while the door panel of the Eon was nearly removed from the car post-impact. Since both A-segment vehicles did not have any other form of occupant protection nor any accident avoidance features, they received the corresponding low marks. Out of a possible 16.00 points, the Picanto only scored 1.48 while the Eon received and outright 0.00. The Hyundai Eon fitted with no airbags was also given zero stars by Global NCAP upon conducting their own tests. Both vehicles had a child safety rating of one star.

The Isuzu Mu-X, Nissan Navara, Suzuki Ciaz and Suzuki Ertiga were all rated at four stars. Scoring a total of 11.87 points, the Mu-X yielded high levels of crash protection for both adults and children. This brings it close to the pickup the Mu-X is based on, the D-Max. For child safety, it scored higher than the D-Max and received four stars for its crash performance. The Nissan Navara on the other hand did fairly well for adult protection but scored low for child safety. Its scores averages put the Navara to four stars.
Despite being built on same platform, the Suzuki Ciaz and Ertiga had varying results in NCAP’s quantitative measurements. For adult protection, the Ertiga scored 12.39 points out of a possible 16.00 while the Ciaz would have been a five star car with its score of 14.56. Unfortunately both vehicles only scored two stars for child safety, thus averaging out to four stars for both Suzukis.

The only vehicle in this batch to receive the top rating was the Nissan X-Trail. Given its comprehensive list of standard safety equipment as well as good crash test results, Nissan’s crossover was awarded the agency’s highest score. It scored 15.10 out of 16.00 points for adult protection and four stars for child protection, making it the highest in this particular group.

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