Hyundai Verna has achieved the coveted five-star safety rating from the Global New Car Assessment Program (Global NCAP), strengthening its reputation for exceptional safety in the Indian automotive market. This achievement is part of the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, which promotes safer vehicles in India. This is significant as it precedes the introduction of India NCAP, which will set the official safety standards for Indian vehicles.
Global NCAP's comprehensive crash test protocol includes the evaluation of frontal and side impact protection, electronic stability control (ESC), pedestrian protection and side impact pole protection. To achieve the highest star rating, vehicles must excel in all these areas.
Rated in its most basic passive safety configuration with six airbags and ESC as standard features, the Hyundai Verna received a five-star rating for both adult and child occupant protection. However, it was noted that the vehicle's structure was found to be unstable during testing.
In the adult safety category, Hyundai Verna demonstrated good protection for the head and neck of the driver and passenger during frontal impact tests. However, the driver's chest protection was given an average rating, while the passenger's chest protection received a good rating. Minor protection was observed in both the driver's and passenger's knees and the footwell area was considered unstable. The bodyshell of the vehicle was also considered unstable.
During side impact tests, the Hyundai Verna provided good protection to the head, pelvis and abdomen with adequate chest protection. In side pole impact tests, curtain airbags meet fitment requirements and provide good protection to the head and pelvis, marginal protection to the chest and adequate protection to the abdomen. The standard ESC system meets the latest global NCAP requirements.
Regarding child safety, the Hyundai Verna performed excellent in frontal impact tests when rear-facing child seats with support legs for a 3-year-old child and an 18-month-old child were installed. Complete security was provided to the people. In side impact tests, both child restraint systems (CRS) provided complete side impact protection. The car comes with three-point seatbelts in all seating positions as standard and complies with CRS installation requirements.