Maruti Alto K10 performs poorly with two stars in Global NCAP crash test

  • Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 does not offer side airbags while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also not available.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 performed poorly with just two stars for adult occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test.
It scored zero for child occupant protection in the crash test by the vehicle safety testing platform.
The crash tests took place with updated protocols to include assessments of frontal and side impact protection. 
The test also included assessments for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection.
While the Maruti Alto K10 offered good protection to the driver’s head and neck, it showed marginal protection for their chest.
Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection, respectively, in the Alto K10 crash test.
While driver's tibias showed marginal protection in the Alto K10 crash test, there was adequate protection for passenger's tibias.
Maruti Alto K10 does not offer side airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also not available.
Child protection equipment such as ISOFIX, Integrated CRS and Airbag cut-off switch are also not available on the Alto K10.
In vehicle-based assessment, the car scored zero points as it does not offer three-point belts in all seating positions.
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Maruti Alto K10 was crash tested by Global NCAP
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 performed poorly with just two stars for adult occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test.
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Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 performed poorly with just two stars for adult occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test.
It scored zero for child occupant protection in the crash test by the vehicle safety testing platform.
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It scored zero for child occupant protection in the crash test by the vehicle safety testing platform.
The crash tests took place with updated protocols to include assessments of frontal and side impact protection. 
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The crash tests took place with updated protocols to include assessments of frontal and side impact protection. 
The test also included assessments for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection.
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The test also included assessments for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection.
While the Maruti Alto K10 offered good protection to the driver’s head and neck, it showed marginal protection for their chest.
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While the Maruti Alto K10 offered good protection to the driver’s head and neck, it showed marginal protection for their chest.
Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection, respectively, in the Alto K10 crash test.
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Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection, respectively, in the Alto K10 crash test.
While driver's tibias showed marginal protection in the Alto K10 crash test, there was adequate protection for passenger's tibias.
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While driver's tibias showed marginal protection in the Alto K10 crash test, there was adequate protection for passenger's tibias.
Maruti Alto K10 does not offer side airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also not available.
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Maruti Alto K10 does not offer side airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also not available.
Child protection equipment such as ISOFIX, Integrated CRS and Airbag cut-off switch are also not available on the Alto K10.
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Child protection equipment such as ISOFIX, Integrated CRS and Airbag cut-off switch are also not available on the Alto K10.
In vehicle-based assessment, the car scored zero points as it does not offer three-point belts in all seating positions.
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In vehicle-based assessment, the car scored zero points as it does not offer three-point belts in all seating positions.

Vehicle safety testing platform Global New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) on Tuesday released the results of its first round of crash tests for India for 2023 with more demanding requirements. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 performed poorly with just two stars for adult occupant protection and zero for child occupant protection. WagonR from Maruti scored even less with just one star in adult occupant protection and zero for child occupant protection.

The tests took place with updated protocols to include assessments of frontal and side impact protection for all tested models, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and pedestrian protection. Side impact pole protection assessments are also conducted for vehicles with highest star ratings.

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While the Alto K10 offered good protection to the driver’s head and neck, it showed marginal protection for their chest. Driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal and weak protection, respectively, as they can get impacted with dangerous structures behind the fascia. While driver's tibias showed marginal protection, there was adequate protection for passenger's tibias.

(Also see | More pics of Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 at Global NCAP crash test)

Speaking of the side impact of the occupants of the Alto K10, head and pelvis protection was good while abdomen protection was adequate and chest protection was weak.

Also Read : Slavia, Virtus follow Kushaq, Taigun's footstep, score perfect 5 at Global NCAP

The hatchback does not offer side airbags while Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is also not available. “Given that six airbags are becoming a mandatory requirement for new models sold in India, it is particularly worrying that Maruti does not even make this requirement available as a customer option," said Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP. With Bharat NCAP set to launch soon, he challenged Maruti Suzuki to catch up with the other leading domestic manufacturers.

Also Read | Alto K10, WagonR unsfae? How Maruti reacted to Global NCAP test results

Various other standard safety features such as AEB Pedestrian, AEB City, AEB Inter-Urban, Speed Assist System and Lane Assist system are also not available on the vehicle. Child protection equipment such as ISOFIX, Integrated CRS and Airbag cut-off switch are also not available on the model. In vehicle-based assessment, the car scored zero points as it does not offer three-point belts in all seating positions.

The results of Volkswagen Virtus and Skoda Slavia were also released, with both achieving five stars in both adult and child occupant protection.

First Published Date: 04 Apr 2023, 13:49 PM IST
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