The Suzuki Ertiga is a car that ticks plenty of the right boxes. This seven-seat Japanese MPV is stylish, drives reasonably well, and features a practical and cozy interior. In terms of safety, though, the vehicle could use a little improvement.
The Ertiga drove off with a middling three-star safety rating following Global NCAP crash tests. The unit tested was from the Indian market and came equipped with two airbags.
Global NCAP raised concerns regarding the current-generation Ertiga’s structure, which it says was rated as “borderline unstable” following crash tests.
“Its footwell area was rated as unstable and pedals displacement showed risks to the lower legs of the driver,” the Global NCAP assessment reads. “Head and neck protection for adult occupants was good. Chest protection for passenger was good and driver chest received marginal protection.”
Among other worrying findings after testing are the passenger pretensioner failing to work properly and poor child occupant protection results.
“Overall, the Ertiga achieved three stars for child occupant protection. The Ertiga offers standard two Seat Belt Reminders (SBR) in the front seats. It is surprising that this car is not offering three-point belts for all occupants.”
“The latest results in our #SaferCarsforIndia crash tests show a mixed safety performance, and disappointingly, there are no five-star performers,” Global NCAP CEO David Ward said in a statement. “The Suzuki Maruti Ertiga achieves a creditable three stars for both adult and child occupant protection, but it’s obvious to us that more can and should be done to improve overall protection levels for cars sold in the market.
“The Indian government’s crash-test standards are clearly helping to eliminate any new zero-star cars from the market, and we will continue to work with them to ensure the push of regulatory requirements is complemented by the pull of consumer awareness, encouraging the demand for ever-higher levels of safety.”
Do you own the current-generation Suzuki Ertiga? Are you satisfied with its performance in the Global NCAP crash tests?