Maruti Suzuki just launched the Swift in February 2018 and has already racked up 100,000 bookings for the latest-generation of the hatchback. Much of this success can be attributed to its funky design, slightly higher performance, higher mileage, AMT for both petrol and diesel engines, and a long list of features that includes standard safety equipment on all the variants. While the standard safety features make the new car safer than many of its rivals, it’s only now that we have crash test videos of the new Swift from both ANCAP (Australia NCAP) and Euro NCAP.
The Australia-spec Swift, which is closer to the Indian version than the one sold in Europe, has bagged a four-star and even a five-star safety rating in the Australia NCAP crash tests. This is slightly better than the 3-star and the 4-star rating it has received in the Euro NCAP test. However, we need to mention here that the European crash testing norms are a bit stricter than those in Australia. The Swift sold in Australia gets a 4-star rating for the model sold with front dual airbags, ABS, EBD, ESC, and seat belt reminder alarm as standard safety features. The model that bagged 5-star rating was equipped with features such as Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane support systems (LSS).
On the other hand, the Europe-spec Swift that scored 3-star in the crash test was equipped with dual front and dual side airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, and load limiter. The car also offered ISOFIX child seat mounts and a seat belt reminder alarm. Both the tests show the new Swift offers a high level of protection to both its occupants and the pedestrians in an event of a crash. The optional safety pack-equipped Swift sold abroad has received a 4-star rating.
NCAP observes that the autonomous braking feature of the Swift brought down the speed of the car as soon as it sensed the upcoming crash barrier. The India-spec model offers dual front airbags, seat belt reminder, and ABS as standard. The new Swift is underpinned by Suzuki’s HEARTECT lightweight platform that is not only lighter but also stronger. The lighter platform helps the new Swift offer a higher performance and mileage than its predecessor.