The new Hyundai Verna has received a 5-star safety rating in the Global NCAP, making it the first Hyundai vehicle sold in India to achieve such a high safety rating. The model that was tested was manufactured in India and intended for the Indian market. It came equipped with several safety features as standard, including 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), rear ISOFIX mounts for child seats, and seat belt reminders for all seats.
It’s worth noting that the Verna was among the last few cars to be tested under the Safer Cars For India program, as Bharat NCAP took over the responsibility of testing cars sold in the Indian market from October 1.
In terms of adult occupant protection, the Verna scored 28.18 points out of 34, but its bodyshell integrity was rated as unstable and not capable of withstanding further loadings. It offered good protection to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck in the frontal impact test, but chest protection for the driver was marginal. Passenger chest protection, on the other hand, was rated as good. Additionally, the driver’s and passenger’s knees showed marginal protection, and the footwell area was also considered unstable.
In the side impact test, the Verna provided good protection to the front passenger’s head, pelvis, and abdomen, but chest protection was considered adequate. In the side pole impact test, it received an ‘OK’ rating, with good protection for the passenger’s head and pelvis, marginal protection for the chest, and adequate protection for the abdomen.
The Verna was also tested for Electronic Stability Control (ESC) performance and met Global NCAP’s requirements. It complied with UN 127 and GTR9 pedestrian protection norms.
In terms of child occupant protection, the Verna scored 42 points out of 49, including a perfect score of 12 out of 12 for Child Restraint System (CRS) installation and 24 out of 24 in the dynamic score. The Verna was tested with dummies representing an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child, both facing rearward. They were secured using i-size anchorages and a support leg, which effectively prevented head exposure in a frontal crash. The CRS also provided full side impact protection.
The Verna comes with 3-point seat belts as standard on all seats, but it’s important to note that the front passenger airbag cannot be disengaged when a rearward-facing CRS is installed.
In summary, the Hyundai Verna achieved an impressive 5-star safety rating in Global NCAP testing for both adult and child occupant protection, although it was noted that the bodyshell integrity was rated as unstable. Compared to some of its rivals in the midsize sedan segment, such as the Slavia and Virtus, the Verna performed similarly well in terms of safety but had a slightly less stable body shell.
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