The New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) conducts safety tests of cars sold in the ASEAN region, which includes India. Three cars, the Tata Indica Vista, the Honda City and the Jazz were put under the safety testing process. Here are results and the accompanying videos depicting these three cars in action.
Tata Indica Vista Hatchback ***
The Indica Vista hatchback that’s built in India scored three stars (9.24/16 in the adult occupants protection test) in the ASEAN NCAP safety tests. The car tested was the 1.4 liter petrol engined model, which features twin airbags, ABS+EBD and three point seat belts on the front seats and rear bench. The middle passenger in the three seater rear bench gets a two point seatbelt. In India, the Indica Vista is sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The car will soon be replaced by the Bolt hatchback, with Tata Motors planning to re-position the former as a taxi-only model.
Honda City Sedan *****
The 2014 Honda City sedan has acquitted itself very well in the ASEAN NCAP safety test, with a five star rating (15.0/16 in the adult occupants protection test) for the model equipped with six airbags, ABS+EBD, ESC and three point seatbelts. However, the version similar to the one sold in India, with twin airbags, ABS+EBD and three point seatbelts bagged a four star rating. The City sedan tested was the 1.5 liter petrol engined variant. Honda also sells the City in India with a 1.5 liter i-DTEC turbo diesel motor.
Honda Jazz Hatchback *****
The 2014 Honda Jazz hatchback, due to arrive into India in early 2015, has achieved a 5 star rating (15.58/16 in the adult occupants protection test) in the ASEAN NCAP safety test. The variant that has bagged full marks for safety was equipped with six airbags, ABS+EBD, ESC and three point seatbelts. The version of the Jazz with twin airbags, ABS+EBD and three point seatbelts, which is what India is likely to get, bagged 4 star. While the Jazz tested by the NCAP was powered by a 1.5 liter petrol motor, the India-spec Jazz is likely to get two engine options, a 1.2 liter petrol and a 1.5 liter diesel.