The Maruti Suzuki S-Presso was tested by Global NCAP using its new and improved crash test protocols, which went into effect in July 2022. In the new tests, the S-Presso got 1 out of 5 stars for protecting adults and 0 out of 5 stars for protecting children. The India version of the S-Presso was tested by Global NCAP in 2020. It got a score of 0 stars for adult safety and 2 stars for child safety.
2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso: Adult Occupant Crash Test Results
One of the three Maruti Suzuki hatchbacks that were tested under new rules was the 2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso.
In the new GNCAP crash tests, the Maruti Suzuki S-Presso scored 20.03 out of a possible 34 points for the adult occupant protection test, which gave it a 1-star rating. This includes 8.19 out of 17 points for the frontal offset impact test and 11.9 out of 17 points for the side deformable crash test.
In the frontal impact test, the driver’s and passenger’s heads were rated as “good” in terms of how safe they were. But the testers said that the driver’s chest didn’t offer enough protection, which cost them a lot of points. On the other hand, the S-Presso didn’t offer much protection for the chest of the passenger.
In the new GNCAP norms, the side crash test is required. The S-Presso did not protect the driver’s head or chest very well, but it did protect the driver’s abdomen and pelvis well.
A pole-impact test, which was also part of the new protocol, was not done on the hatchback because it has no side head protection, even as an option.
The S-Presso also doesn’t come with standard Electronic Stability Control, so it wasn’t tested for safety aids. It also doesn’t meet the UN127 or GTR9 rules for protecting pedestrians.
2022 Maruti Suzuki S Presso: Child Occupant Crash Test Results
It only got 3.52 out of a possible 49 points for protecting the safety of children in the car. The hatchback got a score of 3.52 points for the child restraint system (CRS) installation and 0 points for both the dynamic score and the vehicle assessment score.
The three-year-old dummy was put in a front-facing child seat with an adult seatbelt. Testers noticed that it couldn’t stop the head from moving forward more than was allowed. For the 18-month-old dummy, the backward-facing child seat was able to protect the head in a frontal impact, but it didn’t offer much protection for the chest.
In the old protocol, the rule didn’t say that side impact tests had to use child dummies. But they are now required, and the S-Presso had full protection from side impacts.
Maruti Suzuki S Presso: Old Vs New Crash Test Results
This is not the first time that GNCAP has looked at the S-Presso. The hatchback had only a driver-side airbag when it was tested in November 2020. It got a score of 0 stars for protecting adults and 2 stars for protecting children.
Under the new protocols, you can’t just compare the old test results to the new ones because the whole process has changed. But it’s interesting to see that the S-Presso got one star under the new, stricter rules, while it only got zero stars in the old test.
In the 2020 test, the S-Presso only came with an airbag for the driver. It was good enough to protect the driver’s neck, but not good enough to protect the passenger’s neck. In the new tests, the S-Presso, which now comes with two airbags as standard, protects the necks of both the driver and the passenger well. The passenger-side chest protection score also went up.
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