Vince Pornelos / EuroNCAP | September 21, 2018 11:54
Small cars traditionally don't do well in crash tests
Like many of you, we're pretty excited about the new generation Suzuki Jimny.
The combination of the retro styling, the promise of its off-road performance, the maneuverability from the small dimensions, and the robustness we know the Jimny for are great qualities that make it really desirable for markets such as ours. Mostly though, we just think it looks rather cool for a little ute.
But let's set those aside for a second, as the crash test results for the new generation 2019 Jimny have come in and the assessment could be much better. Below is the video of the crash tests.
Based on the crash tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP), the Jimny garnered only 3 stars overall out of a maximum 5. In a nutshell, EuroNCAP graded Adult Occupant protection at 73%, Child Occupant protection at 84%, Vulnerable Road Users (i.e. pedestrians, cyclists) at 52%, and Safety Assist at 50%.
One of the main factors in their assessment was that the driver side airbag proved to have insufficient pressure to prevent the driver's head from making contact (or bottoming out) onto the steering wheel in an frontal offset crash. Another issue was the deforming of the passenger compartment in the offset crash test; the collapse lowered the score for driver's chest protection.
EuroNCAP also found that while there was protection for the legs of the driver and front passenger, certain structures on the dashboard and instrument panel could injure the occupants. EuroNCAP also cited that in a full frontal crash, the protection for the heads of the front occupants was weak, and marginal for the chest. They also found that there was marginal protection for whiplash in case of a rear impact.
EuroNCAP did find that the standard autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system worked well for low-speed urban driving, but they couldn't give the Jimny points for it because the head restraints must first work well to prevent whiplash.
The agency also found that the Jimny's AEB worked when it comes to responding to pedestrians, though it had difficulty coming to a full stop before making contact with crossing pedestrians.
Engineers often cite that small vehicles are difficult to design to be safer, given the constraints to size and materials. The Jimny's crash tests, while passing, are proof of that.