After Swift, Maruti Baleno too fails to pass crash test with zero rating
Maruti Suzuki Baleno premium hatchback has failed to pass safety parameters at the Latin NCAP crash tests recently. The Made-in-India Maruti Baleno equipped with two airbags as standard, scored zero rating at the crash tests.
Baleno's failure to pass global crash tests comes months after Maruti Swift also failed the Latin NCAP crash tests with similar result. Swift too had scored zero rating. Both Baleno and Swift are two of the most popular premium hatchbacks on sale in India and drives great volumes for India's largest carmaker.
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At the Latin NCAP, Baleno achieved 20.03% in Adult Occupant safety, 17.06% in Child Occupant safety, 64.06% in Pedestrian Protection and Vulnerable Road Users safety and 6.98% in Safety Assist box.
While the Baleno showed stable structure performance in frontal impact test, it showed high intrusion in the door with poor protection to the chest of the adult door during the side impact test.
Latin NCAP explained the zero stars result by the "poor side impact protection, marginal whiplash protection, lack of standard side body and head protection airbags, lack of standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the decision of Suzuki of not recommending Child Restraint Systems (CRS) for the test. Pedestrian protection performance showed a reasonable level".
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Latin NCAP, said“Baleno’s zero star is part of an ongoing disappointment, after the Swift’s zero star rating some weeks ago. With specially poor safety performance in adult and child occupant protection on offer from Suzuki as standard to Latin American consumers."
Stephan Brodziak, Chairman of Latin NCAP, said, “It is unfortunate to have another zero stars car from Suzuki, in this case the Baleno model, which in some countries is marketed as 'Good, Nice, Baleno', to which we should add 'Low safety'."
Maruti Baleno is available in Indian markets in as many as 9 variants. Baleno is priced from ₹5.97 lakh (ex-showroom) and go up to ₹9.33 lakh (ex-showroom) for its top-spec trim. It comes with two airbags for the driver and front passenger as standard across all trims.