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Volkswagen Slavia and Virtus score five star G-NCAP safety rating

India-spec Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus have scored a 5-star safety rating in the latest round of tests by Global NCAP. Like the Kushaw and the Taigun, the sedans have also achieved the highest rating for adult and child occupants under the updated safety test protocols.

The Skoda Slavia and the Volkswagen Virtus are the first-ever mid-size sedans to get a 5-star rating under the G-NCAP’s new test protocols, which are more stringent than before. But one should note that Kushaq, Taigun and Scorpio-N were the first three vehicles to receive the 5-star rating under the new updated protocol.

Global NCAP’s revised crash test protocols now evaluate the frontal and side impact protection of all test models. Furthermore, for a vehicle to receive a full five-star rating, it must also undergo assessments for Electronic Stability Control (ESC), pedestrian protection, and side impact pole protection.

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Volkswagen Slavia and Virtus score five star G-NCAP safety rating

The midsize sedans produced by Skoda and Volkswagen have scored 29.71 out of 34 in adult occupant protection tests, only 0.07 points higher than their SUV counterparts. The protection offered to the driver’s and passenger’s head and neck in the Slavia and Virtus was rated as good, but their chest protection was deemed adequate.

During the side-impact test with a deformable barrier, the Slavia and Virtus showed adequate protection for the occupants, scoring 14.2 out of 17. In the side pole impact tests, both vehicles received an ‘OK’ rating, but the chest protection was found to be marginal.

GNCAP’s report indicates that the bodyshell and footwell area of the Slavia and Virtus were stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. Additionally, the vehicles scored very well in child occupant protection tests, receiving a 5-star rating with 42 points out of 49. The installation of the Child Restraint System (CRS) earned the cars a full 12 out of 12 points, while they received a total of 24 points out of 24 in the dynamic score.

The Slavia and Virtus were tested using dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child, both seated facing rearward and placed in the car using i-size anchorages and a support leg. The CRS prevented head exposure in a frontal crash and provided full side impact protection.

While the vehicles have 3-point seatbelts in all seating positions, the front passenger airbag cannot be disengaged if a rearward-facing CRS is installed in that position.

MQB-A0-IN

The Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun are the first-ever vehicles manufactured on the MQB A0 IN platform, which is specially designed for the Indian market. This platform is based on the MQB A0 platform that underpins a vast array of cars in global markets, with the aim of being cost-effective for emerging markets such as India. Although the platform was created with cost-saving in mind, recent crash tests conducted by Global NCAP demonstrate that the safety standards of this new platform are on par with the European counterparts.