The all-new Suzuki Swift has been out for quite some time. It was launched in the Philippines back in June, and has since drawn attention thanks to its stylish looks and relatively affordable package. Now the model has officially received its 2018 ASEAN NCAP rating.
So, just how safe is this sleek Japanese hatchback in the event of a crash? According to the ASEAN NCAP, the car’s safety technologies, anti-lock braking system, dual airbags, and Isofix tethers are good enough for a four-star rating.
Not bad. The Swift scored a total of 71.05 points during testing. That’s 38.46 points for adult occupant protection, 19.95 points for child occupant protection, and 12.64 points for safety assist technologies.
“We are pleased that car manufacturers are actually working for safer vehicles to be on the road, giving a vast scope for many more lives to save,” says ASEAN NCAP secretary-general Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim.
“Unfortunately, there are still cars sold with no fitment of basic safety features such as airbags,” he added. “Although the models do offer variants with better safety features, they are available only as an optional fitment. This surely affects the price of such variants compared to the ones without such safety features. Hence, we need to make sure these safety features are filtered through even to the most basic variant so that everyone would be able to enjoy its benefits.”
It’s good to see even smaller vehicles scoring high during ASEAN NCAP crash tests. Hopefully, even smaller models follow suit.