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The current-generation Maruti WagonR has been crash tested by the Global NCAP, and the body has awarded the hatchback with two stars towards passenger safety. The Global NCAP also awarded the Hyundai Santro with two stars. It appears both cars are basically unsafe.
The Global NCAP awarded the Maruti Suzuki WagonR two stars for adult occupant protection, and two stars for child occupant protection. Maruti WagonR features only a driver frontal airbag as standard.
The crash-test results showed that the car's structure was unstable, and it was not capable of withstanding further loading. The foot-well area was rated as unstable. Pedal displacement showed risks to the lower legs of the driver.
The results show that head protection for adult occupants is good, driver neck protection is good, and is adequate for a passenger. Chest protection is weak for both front passengers and this resulted in limiting the SBR points achieved by this car.
Child occupant protection was rated as poor for a forward facing test dummy representing a three-year old wearing an adult seat belt. Excessive forward movement was not prevented during impact and the head made contact the front seat. The Child Restraint System broke during impact.
Maruti WagonR features two standard SBRs in the front seats (driver and front passenger) but points were not included during the final rating because the front passenger's chests have weak protection. The vehicle doesn't offer three-point belts for all occupants, and there are no ISOFIX child seat anchors.
The current generation WagonR is available in 1.0-litre and 1.2-litre petrol options, and a 1.0-litre CNG variant. The vehicle features updated exterior elements with a new grille, re-designed headlamps, a new front bumper, and fog lamps.
The WagonR is more spacious that the previous-generation models, and the vehicle's platform allows for better absorption of impact, and offers better stability. It uses 40 percent high tensile steel resulting in better rigidity and safety and lower NVH levels.
The WagonR also features a touchscreen infotainment system that is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible. The SmartPlay Studio from Maruti offers smartphone connectivity, cloud based services, and vehicle information.
Thoughts About The WagonR's Two Star Rating
And another one bites the dust. At this point we're not surprised. We think most of the best selling hatchbacks are neglected as far as safety features are concerned. Manufactureres know these are best-selling models and do not have to do much to keeps sales going. We're also almost certain that the Indian consumer cares very little for safety features in a hatchback. Give us a car that's a ticking time-bomb for a car and we'll buy it if the price is right.