ASEAN NCAP explains why the Nissan Magnite didn't get five stars for safety

Late last year, Nissan surprised the Indonesian market when they launched the all-new Magnite. First revealed in India, the Magnite now serves as one of the brand's smallest crossovers, slotting below the Kicks.

Nissan says it's a global product, and other countries are about to get it soon. Recently, however, the ASEAN NCAP tested the Magnite, and it only acquired a 4-star safety rating. With most vehicles nowadays securing a perfect five-star rating, we were curious why the new crossover only managed to score 4 out of 5 stars.

Based on ASEAN NCAP's data, the Magnite delivered inconsistent adult occupant protection (AOP). In a frontal impact, there was a risk of chest injuries to the driver. Meanwhile, the front passenger has a lesser chance of incurring any harm to the chest. Thankfully, the side impact test went better. Both the driver and front passenger had adequate to good protection on their chest and head. The result was a front impact score of 12.87 out of 16.00 and a side impact test score of 15.22 out of 16.00.

However, the Magnite did not perform that well in child occupant protection (COP) as it only managed to score 31.96 points out of 49.00 points. The score for front impact COP was 7.82 out of 16.00. It did, however, score a perfect 8.00 points for side protection.

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When it comes to safety, the Magnite comes with the following as standard: anti-lock brakes, two airbags, electronic stability control, and seatbelt reminders for the front occupants. It might not be as loaded compared to other cars, but it comes with the necessary safety features.

Still, four out of five stars is a decent showing. If the Magnite can provide adequate safety in a medium-speed offset impact, it should keep you unharmed in lower-speed crashes. Of course, Nissan won't take this result sitting down. That means we can expect it to get more safety-related upgrades down the line.