Text: Anton Andres / Photos: ASEAN NCAP | posted June 01, 2016 18:15
Other cars tested post high overall ratings
The ASEAN New Car Assesment Program (ASEAN NCAP) has just finished its latest round of crash tests. The cars testing in this batch include the Hyundai Eon, Isuzu Mu-X, Kia Morning (Picanto), Nissan Navara, Nissan X-Trail, Suzuki Ciaz and Suzuki Ertiga. Two cars tested were rated zero, four were rated four stars and one scored five stars.
Scoring zero were the Hyundai Eon and Kia Morning (Picanto), both tested without airbags. During the test, the Morning's door opened while the door panel of the Eon was nearly ejected from the car. The lack of extra occupant protection and accident avoidance features also contributed to the zero rating for both A-segment cars. Out of a possible 16.00 points, the Picanto scored 1.48 while the Eon received 0.00. The Hyundai Eon fitted with no airbags was also rated zero stars when it was tested by Global NCAP. Child safety for both cars were rated one star.
The Isuzu Mu-X, Nissan Navara, Suzuki Ciaz and Suzuki Ertiga were rated at four stars. The Mu-X provided high levels of crash protection for both adults and children. It scored 11.87 points pitting it close to the pickup the Mu-X is based on, the D-Max. For child safety, it scored higher than the D-Max and gets four stars for its crash performance. The Nissan Navara on the other hand fared well for adult protection but scored low for child safety. The average of the scores relegate the Navara to four stars.
Despite riding on the same platform, the Suzuki Ciaz and Ertiga had different results in quantitative testing. For adult protection, the Ertiga scored 12.39 points out of a possible 16.00 while the Ciaz would have been a five star car with its score of 14.56. Pulling their scores down was the child safety rating, both getting two stars. The ratings average out with four stars for both Suzukis.
The lone vehicle to get the top rating was the Nissan X-Trail. With a comprehensive list of standard safety equipment and good crash test results, Nissan's crossover was awarded the agency's highest score. It scored 15.10 out of 16.00 points for adult protection and four stars for child protection, the highest in this particular group.