Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 earns 2-star GNCAP safety rating

The model tested was manufactured in India for sale in the domestic market, and came equipped with dual front airbags.

By Saptarshi Mondal, Autocar India calendar 04 Apr 2023 Views icon6888 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

The new Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 has just been crash tested by Global NCAP, and it has come away with a 2-star safety rating for adult protection and 0-star rating for child occupant protection. This is among the first set of crash tests conducted by Global NCAP this year, which also includes the Maruti Wagon R and the duo of the Volkswagen Virtus and the Skoda Slavia. The model tested was manufactured in India for sale in the domestic market, and came equipped with dual front airbags, seat belt pretensioners and front seat belt reminders as standard.

This, however, is not the Alto’s first appearance at Global NCAP – the previous-gen Alto 800 was among the first cars to be tested by the vehicle safety watchdog under the Safer Cars for India programme, and it had then scored 0 stars for adult production and 2 stars for child occupancy, albeit under a much older protocol.

Maruti Alto K10 Global NCAP: adult occupant protection explained
The 2023 Alto K10 scored 21.67 points out of a possible 34 points in adult occupant protection, including a frontal offset deformable barrier test and a side movable deformable barrier test where it scored 8.2 points and 12.4 points, respectively.

In the frontal impact test, GNCAP noted that the Alto K10 offered good protection to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck, although protection for chest was marginal for both. The driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal to poor protection as they could come in contact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard. In the side impact test, head and pelvis protection was good, but abdomen protection was adequate and chest protection was poor.

Global NCAP also noted that the footwell area as well as the bodyshell were stable, and capable of withstanding any further loadings. It, however, did not test the Alto K10 for side pole impact test as it does not offer side airbags.

The Alto K10 also does not come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard, which is why it was not tested for safety assist systems either. Lastly, it also does not comply with UN127 or GTR9 pedestrian protection norms.

Maruti Alto K10 Global NCAP: child occupant protection explained
As far as child occupant protection is concerned, the Alto K10 secured just 3.52 points out of possible 49. This only includes the CRS (child restraint system) installation score as it got 0 points for the dynamic score.

The Alto K10 was tested with a 3-year-old child dummy seated on forward facing child seats with adult seatbelts, which was not able to prevent excessive forward movement during the impact, exposing the head to high risks. Meanwhile, the 18-month-old child dummy was tested with rear facing child seats with adult seatbelts, and showed good protection for head, but weak protection for chest.

The Alto does not come with three-point seat belts for all five passengers, neither does it get recommended CRSs. It also does not offer standard ISOFIX anchorages on any of the seats, all of which explains the poor rating for child occupancy protection.

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