Maruti Vitara Brezza, Renault Lodgy crash tested by Global NCAP
- As a part of its ‘Safer Cars for India’ campaign, Global NCAP has crash tested the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Renault Lodgy to determine their safety standards.
- The Vitara Brezza, which is currently India’s best-selling SUV, managed to achieve a commendable four-star rating (out of five) in the test. It comes equipped with dual front airbags, ABS, and Isofix child seat mounts as standard on all variants.
- The Vitara Brezza’s body shell was rated as stable in the crash test. In individual tests, it scored four stars in adult occupant protection but just two stars in child occupant protection as the Isofix anchorages were found to be sub-par.
- On the contrary, the Renault Lodgy scored a dismal zero-star rating in the very same test. It must be noted that the Lodgy does not get standard ABS and airbags on all variants, and the base variant tested here had none.
- “The zero-star Renault Lodgy is extremely disappointing. Global NCAP had hoped that Renault had learned from the difficult experience they had with the Kwid. It’s time now for Renault to make front airbags standard across their entire Indian product range,” said David Ward, Secretary General of Global NCAP on Lodgy’s performance.