In a heart-break for all Renault Kwid and Honda Mobilio lovers, the Global National Car Assessment Programme (NCAP) crash tests have given thumbs down to both the vehicles. The tests suggest that safety features like airbags are a must as standard fitment in all cars. The Global NCAP is a UK-based charity, focuses on consumer-related vehicle safety. It said that the non-airbag variants of both Kwid and Mobilio fared badly in the crash test.
The Renault Kwid got a single star for adult occupancy protection as it had a driver’s side airbag. While Honda received three stars for the variant with dual airbags.
The frontal impact test at 56kmph on Renault Kwid revealed that the bodyshell of Kwid was unstable and that it couldn’t withstand any further load beyond the crash.
Honda Mobilio, on the other hand, was better in terms of bodyshell, however, it offered poor protection for head and chest in its basic version.
Upon request GNCAP tested the variant with double airbags which achieved three stars in the adult occupant protection category.
“Renault and Honda make safe cars in other markets, and they have the knowhow to make all their Indian cars much safer. We expect them to start doing so now,” said David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP.