Suzuki's perennial hatchback has just received a three-star safety rating from Euro-NCAP. While the results may sound average, the 2017 Swift generally performed well in the crash occupancy tests.
In the adult occupancy test, the Swift acquired an 83-percent safety rating. Dummy readings showed good protection of the legs in both the driver and front passenger in a frontal offeset collision. As for the front rigid barrier test, protection of the chest was marginal while head and limb protection were all good.
Side barrier and pole tests netted the Swift maximum protection points for all passengers, while whiplash protection for the front passengers was also good. Those seating at the back however, have poor whiplash protection.
Meanwhile, the child occupancy test resulted in a 75-percent safety rating. For the frontal offset test, the 6-year old dummy attained poor protection of the chest and neck. The 10-year old dummy, on the other hand, performed better as it had marginal protection for the neck. Side impact protection results were also good.
The Swift however gets low marks on safety assist as the hatchback lacks autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane keep assist and speed assist. However, when opted with the optional Radar Brake Support (which acts as the car's AEB), the Swift's overall safety goes up to four stars.
Recently, the Euro NCAP started awarding cars with such features with higher safety ratings. Michael van Ratingan, Euro NCAP's secretary general said that they hope this kind of safety package will make it into other cars in the future.
“Euro NCAP started rewarding AEB [autonomous emergency braking] pedestrian systems last year and we have seen a rapid uptake of the technology. We hope to see as fast an adoption of AEB systems that detect cyclists when tests of those systems form part of the rating next year,” said van Ratingan.
The Swift used by Euro NCAP is a European version of the hatchback and comes with the following safety features: front airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, side curtain, chest and pelvis airbags, ISOFIX rear anchor seats and seatbelt reminder for all passengers.