The popular Indian small car, Renault Kwid could not salvage itself any pride once again in the latest round of car crash tests conducted recently by the UK-based independent charity, Global National Car Assessment Programme (NCAP). The newly launched Honda Mobilio also scored a duck for adult occupation in its basic avatar, but fared better with the dual airbags.
After poor results earlier this year, and following Renault’s latest set of improvements, the Kwid was assessed again in the frontal impact test as a part of the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign. And the model still offers just one star for adult occupant protection, informed Global NCAP in a press release.
The car has been tested in its standard version previously when it managed a paltry zero star rating for adult occupant protection and two stars for child occupant protection. The latest one, though, equipped with an airbag and a seatbelt pretensioner for the driver, showed high chest deflection and was thus awarded a one star rating in driver seat parameters.
Elsewhere, the Honda Mobilio could manage only a zero for adult occupant protection in its most basic variant. But the Japanese carmaker then requested Global NCAP to test the mule that is loaded with dual airbags as the car finally achieved three stars for adult occupant protection.
Secretary general of Global NCAP, David Ward was critical of Renault, but praised Honda for the progress that it has made since the previous round of safety tests.
“Renault has made limited progress, they should be offering their one star car as the standard version not an option. Honda too have shown that with two airbags they can achieve 3 stars. These safety systems should not be options,” he said.