Euro NCAP gives 3 stars to 2017 Suzuki Swift; optional package ups safety rating to 4 stars

Article by Christian A., on June 3, 2017

Following the introduction of the new generation Suzuki Swift in Europe for the 2017 model year, the hatchback from the Japanese company managed to score fairly in the latest round of safety tests conducted by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). In fact, a standard version of the 2017 Suzuki Swift earned a 3-star safety rating from Euro NCAP, while a variant equipped with the optional safety pack equipped version received a 4-star rating from the assessment program.

In the area of Adult Occupant protection, the 2017 Suzuki Swift scored 83 percent. According to Euro NCAP, the Swift’s passenger compartment remained stable in the frontal offset test, offering good protection of the knees and femurs for the driver and passenger.

Meanwhile, the full-width rigid barrier test showed that the Swift offers marginal chest protection, although protection of critical body areas was considered by Euro NCAP as good or adequate. In case of rear-end collision, Euro NCAP noted that the front seats and head restraints offer good protection against whiplash injuries while the rear seats provide poor protection.

In terms of Child Occupant protection, the Swift earned 75 percent. Euro NCAP noted that all restraint types available for the Swift could be properly installed and accommodated. However, in some tests, the Swift offers marginal, poor or weak protection. For instance, the frontal offset test showed poor chest protection and weak neck protection for six-year old passengers as well as marginal neck protection for 10-year occupants.

As for Pedestrian Protection, tests showed that the bonnet offers good or adequate protection to the head of a struck pedestrian but the stiff windscreen pillars offer poor protection. Interestingly, tests showed that good protection is offered by the bumper to pedestrians' legs at all test locations, allowing the Swift to score max points in this factor. Overall, the Swift earned 69 percent for Pedestrian Protection.

However, the new Suzuki Swift only scored 25 percent in terms of Safety Assist. While the Swift comes with a seatbelt reminder system for the front and rear seats – as standard – it lacks a number of safety systems like autonomous emergency braking, lane guidance system or speed assist. This aspect is the main culprit in the Swift’s only 3-star rating.

Nonetheless, Suzuki offers an optional safety pack, Radar Brake Support. This option already includes autonomous emergency braking. Tests showed good performance of this system at highway speeds. When the Radar Brake Support is equipped, the Swift’s score rises to 44 percent in Safety Assist, and its overall rating becomes four stars.

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