Global NCAP Releases New Suzuki S-Presso Safety Rating

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Remember when the Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) gave the Suzuki S-Presso zero stars for safety a few years ago? Well, you can scratch that now, because the little hatch has undergone further testing and received a much improved rating.

The Indian-made S-Presso just got three stars for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. Frankly, it’s still mediocre at best, but it’s a big leap from the latest test results.

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The S-Presso has been tested according to current protocols as part of the #SaferCarsForAfrica country. The parameters still do not include side impact, electronic stability control and pedestrian protection requirements.

According to crash test results, the S-Presso offered good head protection for the two front passengers. The driver, however, had worse protection from the neck down.

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As for child occupant protection, you can refer to part of the report: “Child occupant protection levels showed the same performance as the version sold in India. The absence of ISOFIX anchorages, the absence of three-point seat belts in all seating positions and Suzuki Maruti’s decision not to recommend a child restraint system (CRS) explain this poor child occupant protection score. ”

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Note that the S-Presso in the South African market is equipped with two standard airbags, similar to what we have in the Philippines. However, like our own Niky Tamayo pointed out in its S-Presso review, local units get rear ISOFIX locking points for child seats, which is missing in the unit tested by the Global NCAP. If properly tested, Philippine-spec S-Pressos might score a bit higher overall.

Anyway, below you see some pictures from the actual crash test. Also let us know what you think of the new S-Presso safety rating in the comments.

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Suzuki S-Presso Safety Rating Crash Test:

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