Volkswagen recently launched the Vento into the Malaysian market. Prior to the sedan being sold it was subjected to crash tests by ASEAN NCAP. The Vento will be replacing the Polo sedan, however, the structure and safety equipment remains the same.
The Vento being tested was equipped with four airbags. Frontal, as well as side impact crash tests, were conducted on the Volkswagen sedan. It does not surprise us that a model with four airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) secured a 5-Star safety rating.
The VW Vento model without ESC received a decent score of 4-Star. Both Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Seatbelt Reminder are standard features from Volkswagen in their Vento.
Recently, several popular Indian vehicles were tested by Global NCAP. Unfortunately, none of the vehicles secured even a single star in the crash test. Vehicles like the Renault Kwid, Hyundai Eon, Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Mahindra Scorpio, and Maruti Suzuki's Eeco were crash tested.
Indian safety norms for vehicles are still not very stringent. Several manufacturers provide airbags as an option. By 2017, every new car launched will need to be equipped with airbags and ABS as standard. Existing models will have to offer similar safety features by 2019.