Maruti Suzuki S-Presso's South African version is equipped with more safety features than its Indian version

By offering a few more features as standard, the weak safety credentials of the S-Presso could easily be strengthened.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso crash test

Highlights:

In the Global NCAP crash test, the Indian-spec Maruti Suzuki S-Presso rated zero stars.

It only has a driver-side airbag with ABS as standard.

A front passenger airbag, front seat belts with pretensions, and load limiters are also available with South African Suzuki S-Presso as standard.

As an option for a small premium over the regular model, Maruti provides these safety features.

As the vehicle itself scored poorly for the bodyshell integrity, this minor feature addition will only marginally boost the S-Presso's cabin safety.

It rivals the Renault Kwid, which is also poorly rated for crash test safety.

Maruti's micro SUV S-Presso has recently been zero-rated in the global NCAP crash test, for which has been widely criticized for this vehicle. In response to this, the company says that the car has been given a lot of safety features, but it cannot meet the needs of those people who give too much attention to safety. Meanwhile, Suzuki South Africa has said that the South African version of S-Presso is safer than its Indian version.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso crash test

Let us know that the driver side airbag has been given as standard in the Indian version of this hatchback. For the seatbelt pre-tensioner with front passenger airbags and force limiter, customers have to take an optional version. At the same time, this feature has been given standard in its South African version.

As of now, Global NCAP is yet to take a crash test of its South African version so that its actual score can be revealed to the world. The thing is that despite some features being standard, it cannot be said that this vehicle is good on the scale of safety because it also scores very poor in terms of its body shell integrity which would be same across both the markets.

The woeful performance of the S-Presso was a dire contrast to other, newer made-in-india versions that performed much better.

The price of Maruti Suzuki S-Presso ranges from Rs. 3.71 lakhs to Rs. 5.14 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Its optional variant is Rs 6,000 more expensive than the standard variant. However, for some good safety features, spending so little money proves to be reasonable. The car competes with the Renault Kwid, which has been given a zero safety rating in the ASEAN NCAP in the year 2018. We hope that Maruti and all other car manufacturers will continue to improve their car safety standards and go beyond local regulations that might not lead to adequate passenger safety.


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