The hatchback received a zero star rating for child occupant protection; performed poorly under new protocols.
The India-spec Maruti Suzuki Ignis has got a 1-star rating overall under the new and upgraded Global NCAP crash test protocol for India. The high riding hatchback received poor scores for the side impact and child protection tests. The India-spec Ignis, was previously tested by Global NCAP in 2019 where it received a 3-star rating for adult occupant protection and 1-star for child occupant protection.
Adult occupant crash test
Under the new testing protocols, the Ignis has received 1-star rating overall, scoring 16.48 points in the adult occupant protection test out of a maximum of 34 points. Testers commented that the protection offered to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck was good. However, the driver’s chest showed weak protection, while the passenger’s chest showed adequate protection.
The testers also noted that the driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal protection as they could come in contact with dangerous structures behind the dashboard. Meanwhile, the Ignis’ body shell was rated as unstable and incapable of withstanding further loadings. However, it was not subjected to tests for side impact, safety assist systems or pedestrian protection.
As per the new testing procedure, during the side impact tests with a deformable barrier, the Ignis scored 6.91 points out of a possible 17. Testers noted that during this test, the driver's head protection was weak, chest protection was poor, abdomen protection was adequate and pelvis protection was good. Meanwhile, the new side pole impact test was not conducted as the Ignis does not have head protection even as an option. Not only does the Ignis lack ESC as standard, it also does not comply with the new pedestrian safety norms, both of which are now part of GNCAP protocols.
Child occupant crash test
When it comes to child occupant protection, the Ignis scored 3.86 points out of a possible 49. The hatchback achieved a CRS (child restrain system) installation score of 3.86 points and zero points each for the dynamic score and vehicle assessment score. Global NCAP states that Maruti Suzuki refused to recommend CRS for the test, and therefore, dynamic points were not awarded.
The Ignis was tested with an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child dummy, with the latter sitting in a rear facing child seat, and the former being a forward facing one. For both child dummies, the child seats were able to prevent head exposure, thereby offering good protection.
The Ignis gets ISOFIX anchorages as standard on the two outboard rear seats, and it also lacks a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger.
Price and rivals
Maruti Suzuki launched the Ignis back in 2017 and it received a facelift in 2020, when it also received a BS6-compliant 83hp, 1.2-litre petrol engine. With prices starting at Rs 5.35 lakh and going up to Rs 7.72 lakh, the Ignis competes with the likes of the Citroen C3 and the Tata Punch.
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