The Seltos competing midsize SUV secured a 3-star rating for both adult and child protection; and the integrity of the body of the car was rated as ‘unstable’.
The popular Hyundai Creta SUV was part of the latest round of Global NCAP crash tests where the midsize SUV secured a 3-star rating. For the crash test, the security guard dog used the basic E-variant of the Crete, which lacks certain features such as side and curtain airbags.
- Hyundai Creta base E variant tested by Global NCAP
- Also rated 3 stars for child protection
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Hyundai Creta crash test result: 3-star rating explained
Subject to Global NCAP’s frontal offset crash test at 64kph, the Hyundai Creta managed to secure a 3-star rating for adult protection. The Global NCAP report marks the car’s body as ‘unstable’ and unable to ‘withstand further loads’. The footrest of the car was also considered unstable.
The Creta’s overall score for adult protection was eight points out of a maximum of 17. The driver’s head protection was rated as ‘adequate’, and for the passenger it was ‘good’. Both the driver and co-driver dummies recorded ‘good’ protection for the neck, while breast protection was marginal for the driver, and ‘good’ for the co-driver.
Protection for the knees of the driver and front passenger was rated as ‘marginal’, with Global NCAP noting that they could come into contact with ‘dangerous structures’ behind the dashboard.
The Hyundai Creta also secured a 3-star rating for child occupant protection, with 28.29 points out of a maximum of 49. The basic variant of the Creta does not receive an ISOFIX rating for child seats, and therefore the child seats had to be secured with seat belts. The security guard noted that the belt did not prevent excessive head movement for the three-year-old dummy forward, and the chest protection was recorded as ‘weak’. However, the 1.5-year-old rear-facing dummy had good protection on the head and chest.
In its report, Global NCAP further emphasizes that the Hyundai Creta does not come with a standard three-point seat belt for all passengers, and also lacks standard ISOFIX child seat anchors, which are only offered from the SX Executive trim.
De Kia Seltoswhich is based on the same K2 platform as the Hyundai Creta, also secured a 3-star rating in Global NCAP crash test conducted in 2020.
Hyundai Creta: safety features
As standard, the Creta has dual airbags and ABS with EBD. Side and curtain airbags are only available on the top spec SX (O) variant, while Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), child seat anchorages and rear disc brakes are available from SX Executive trim.
Other recent GNCAP crash tests
GNCAP also crash-tested the Hyundai i20 (3 stars) and the Toyota Urban Cruiser, the latter scoring a more impressive 4 stars. For that, GNCAP crash-tested the Honda Jazz and the fourth-gen Honda City, both of which rate a 4-star safety. You can read more about them over hereThe compact SUV duo of Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger also came away with a strong 4-star rating from GNCAP recently.
That said, Global NCAP tests are set to get tougher in the coming months. From July 2022, Global NCAP will update its testing process to factorize ESC and also conduct side impact and pedestrian protection tests. This will of course factor in the scores and star ratings, which will make it more difficult for cars that are now being tested to ensure a strong safety rating.
The Indian government is also making changes to the minimum safety requirement in cars, as it has recently issued a draft notification mandates six airbags of October 2022. There are also plans to make ESC and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) mandatory in the coming years.
Hyundai Creta facelift and rivals
Hyundai is set to launch one mid-cycle update for Crete at the end of this year. The facelifted model has major versions to the exterior, including a completely new front-end design. It is likely that Hyundai will also introduce Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) in the facelifted Crete, along with other features. The car manufacturer can also make six airbags standard, in accordance with the previously mentioned draft notification.
The Crete rivals the likes of the MG Astor, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun en Nissan Kicksall of which have yet to be crash-tested by Global NCAP.
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