4th-gen Suzuki Swift scores 3 stars in Euro NCAP crash tests

The Swift scored 67% for adult occupant safety and 65% for child occupant protection.

The fourth-generation Suzuki Swift has been awarded a 3-star rating by Euro NCAP. The Swift scored 67% for adult occupant safety and 65% for child occupant protection.

According to the crash test report, the Swift offered good protection to the head in the frontal impact test. Chest protection for the driver and passenger was rated as weak and marginal, respectively. The car offered adequate protection for the occupant's legs.

In the full-width rigid barrier test, the new Swift offered marginal protection to the chest of the driver and rear passenger, and head protection was rated as good. The car offered adequate and good protection to the chest in the side barrier and side pole impact tests, respectively.

The crash report states that Suzuki did not provide evidence to demonstrate the degree to which the Swift would control excursion (the extent to which a body is thrown to the other side of the vehicle when it is hit from the far side). The car also has no countermeasure to mitigate head-to-head contact between the front seat occupants, so far-side protection was rated as poor.

In the frontal offset test, protection of the neck of the 10-year-old dummy was rated as poor. Chest protection was marginal, and head protection was adequate. For the 6-year-old dummy, tensile forces indicated weak neck protection, while head decelerations resulted in a marginal rating for that body area. In the side barrier test, chest accelerations showed poor chest protection for the 10-year-old dummy, and neck protection was rated as weak.

The EU-spec 4th-gen Swift comes equipped with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). The system performed adequately, but it does not offer any protection against dooring, where a car door is suddenly opened in the path of a cyclist approaching from behind.

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