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Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite, Honda Jazz, And The 4th Gen Honda City Fare Strongly In Global NCAP


A respectable safety rating for all four models, indicating the progress being made in India regarding safety standards in vehicles

 

Sure, India still has an uphill battle to keep up with the ever evolving safety standards in cars; we are making decent steps towards it, as revealed with the latest round of crash tests under the Global NCAP #SaferCarsForIndia safety test campaign. The Honda Jazz, fourth generation Honda City, as well as the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite all managed to secure a strong four-star rating. 

As standard procedure in Global NCAP tests, all models are in their base trims, featuring the standard set of safety features, and are tested at speeds of up to 64kmph. Here’s a deeper dive into how the four models fared in the  Global NCAP crash tests:

 

Honda City (4th Gen) 

Yes, it's not the latest iteration of the City, but its predecessor was no slouch in its own right. It scored 12.03 out of 17.00 (4 stars) in adult occupation protection, with driver and passenger head and neck protection rated ‘good’. That being said, knee protection was marginal as they could impact dangerous structures behind the dashboard. The bodyshell and footwell were rated ‘unstable’, and unable to take further loads. In child protection, it managed a strong 38.27 out of 49.00 (4 stars) with good protection to the head, chest and neck. Standard safety kit includes dual front airbags, ABS, and ISOFIX anchorages.

 

Honda Jazz

Interestingly, the Jazz managed to fare slightly better than the City and was the highest rated car amongst the four models in adult protection in this round of tests. It scored 13.89 out of 17.00 (4 stars), and the bodyshell was stable. That being said, it lost its edge in child protection with a score of 31.54 out of 49.00 (3 stars), thanks to a lack of ISOFIX mounts, and poor head and chest protection. Standard safety bits included dual front airbags and ABS.

 

Nissan Magnite / Renault Kiger

 

It comes as no surprise that the Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger score so similarly, thanks to the two sub-4 metre SUVs sharing the same engine and chassis while wearing different clothes. In adult protection, both models scored four stars, with the Kiger slightly edging ahead, scoring 12.34 compared to the Magnite at 11.85. Both managed to offer decent head, chest and neck protection, but knee protection was marginal. Surprisingly, the Magnite’s bodyshell was rated stable, while the Kiger wasn’t given that rating. Both models had a stable footwell.

Coming into child protection, it’s the other way around, as the Magnite scored 24.88 over the Kiger’s 21.05, both scoring two stars. Both models lost points due to poor protection for the chest, but offered decent head protection. Both models had dual front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, and ABS as standard safety kit.

This recent result from the four models mark another decent step from carmakers in improving safety standards in India. The Honda Jazz retails from Rs 7.71 lakh to Rs 9.95 lakh, while the fourth-gen City is priced from Rs 9.29 lakh to Rs 9.99 lakh. Renault prices the Kiger from Rs 5.79 lakh to Rs 10.22 lakh, while the Nissan Magnite retails from Rs 5.76 lakh to Rs 10.24 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). 

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