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The Global NCAP has tested the facelifted version of the Renault Kwid sold in the African market. The organization aims to create safer vehicles under the #SaferCarsForAfrica campaign. The Renault Kwid has scored a 2-star overall safety rating in the crash test.
The Renualt Kwid model tested by the Global NCAP is Made-in-India, which is then exported to South Africa. The safety standards and rules for auto manufacturers are also similar in both countries.
The Kwid pre-facelift model was crash tested by Global NCAP back in 2016. The hatchback did not fare well as it scored a 1-star rating in the crash test. However, Global NCAP has now tested the facelifted Kwid, which feature a stronger construction with improved safety features over the previous model.
The Kwid scored two stars in both Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP). It was crash tested at 64kmph as per global NCAP standards and the body shell was rated unstable. The hatchback wasn't capable of taking any further damage after it was crashed.
The report from GNCAP, however, appreciated the manufacturer for improving the body structure with stronger construction since the Kwid was launched in the market. The Kwid scored 7.78 points out of 17, which is very close to the (8.02) points scored by the Kia Seltos.
The Renault Kwid did not have any zone, without offering any protection to the driver or the passenger. In other words, there were no poor zones on the hatchback. It offers good and adequate protection to the passenger and the driver, respectively.
Moving to the child safety, the Renault Kwid scored 19.68 points out of 49 in COP. The hatchback does not offer an ISOFIX child seat anchor even as an option. It also misses out on a three-point seat belt for the passenger sitting in the middle of the rear seat.
According to the crash test report, the hatchback couldn't prevent excessive movement during the impact for the three-year-old child dummy placed on the forward-facing child seat. The protection was also limited for the child's head and chest due to structural failure.
The protection offered to an 18-month-old child dummy, which was fitted on the rearward-facing child seat was also limited. During the crash test, the head of the rear-facing child dummy came in contact with the structure.
However, the Kwid facelift model has scored well against its primary rival sold in the Indian market, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso. The Kwid has scored 7.78 points and 5.84 points more for adult and child protection, respectively.
Thoughts About Made-in-India Renault Kwid Scoring 2 Stars Global NCAP Safety Rating In Africa
Although the test mule here does not belong to the Indian market, the crash-tested Renualt Kwid is manufactured in our country and features the same construction and safety features. As a result, it is safe to say that the Renualt Kwid sold in our market will also provide similar crash test results.