Honda Amaze 2 Star GNCAP Rating: Company Responds

Honda Amaze crash test

Honda Amaze, the subcompact sedan, recently underwent safety testing by the Global New Car Assessment Program (GNCAP) and received a two-star rating for adult occupant protection (AOP) and a zero-star rating for child occupant protection (COP). It scored 27.85 points out of 34 for adult safety and 8.58 points out of 49 for child occupant protection. This rating is a significant drop from the 4-star safety rating achieved by the sedan in 2019.

Honda Amaze 2 Star GNCAP Rating: Company Responds
Honda Amaze crash test

Honda responded to the test results by highlighting the 4-star rating achieved by the South Africa-spec second-generation Amaze in 2019. The company attributed the lower ratings to new equipment requirements such as side curtain airbags and electronic stability control.

Honda’s unwavering commitment to safety is evident in the meticulous engineering of our product, integrating advanced active and passive safety across the entire model range. We are dedicated to continuously working to enhance our vehicles on all parameters of safety and improve them further at model change timing,” the company stated.

In the frontal impact crash test, the Amaze showed good protection for the head and neck of both the driver and co-driver. However, there were concerns regarding chest and knee protection, which were rated as ‘marginal’.

During the side impact test, the head and pelvis got ‘good’ protection, but the chest showed marginal protection, and the protection for the abdomen was adequate.
Unfortunately, the side pole crash test could not be performed due to the unavailability of side curtain airbags.

Regarding child occupant protection, the Amaze scored poorly, with the 18-month-old child dummy receiving zero points in the frontal impact test. At the same time, the forward-facing child seats with the three-year-old child dummy provided adequate protection. However, there were concerns about head contact with the interior parts of the vehicle.
In the body shell integrity and footwell test, the Amaze scored poorly in terms of adult occupant protection and child occupant protection. However, the test also stated that the Amaze’s bodyshell can withstand further loadings.

Honda Amaze 2 Star GNCAP Rating: Company Responds

Despite the numerous safety features the Amaze offers, including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat anchors, the lack of electronic stability control (ESC) and side curtain airbags contributed to the low safety ratings. Please note that GNCAP has tested an older version of the Honda Amaze, which does not get seat belt reminders for all passengers.

Alejandro Furas, Global NCAP Secretary General, said, “Regrettably, Honda did not take the opportunity to update the Amaze with more safety features, which explains its disappointing score.” Highlighting that the poor crash test results were due to Honda not upgrading the safety features in the Amaze.

The Honda Amaze is priced between Rs 7.20 lakh and Rs 9.96 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). In the Indian market, this subcompact sedan rivals the Hyundai Aura, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and Tata Tigor. Regarding the safety ratings, the Dzire, tested in 2021, scored two stars. On the other hand, the Tata Tigor was crash-tested in 2020 and achieved a commendable safety rating of four stars.

In addition to the Honda Amaze, the GNCAP tested the Mahindra Bolero Neo, which scored zero stars and the Kia Carens, which scored three stars. However, Kia Carens scored zero stars when it was tested earlier.