Hyundai Verna scores zero-star safety rating

Dec 17, 2021 2 min read
Hyundai Verna scores zero-star safety rating

The Hyundai Verna scored zero stars in the Latin NCAP crash test. The model tested was an Indian model. The same generation model is available in India, however, the Latin market variant has less standard safety features. Tucson, built in India, recently failed the same test.

The crash-tested model includes ABS with EBD, a single airbag, driver seat belt reminder, and ISOFIX child seat mounting. On higher variations, electronic stability control (ESC), a passenger seat belt reminder, a co-driver airbag, and side airbags are available as options.

Adult occupant safety was only 9 percent in the sedan, while child occupant safety was 13 percent. Pedestrian protection and safety assist systems scored 53% and 7%.

The Verna protected the driver and passenger's neck and head well. It properly protected the driver's chest whereas the passenger's chest was not safe. The structures behind the dashboard only provided marginal protection to the driver's and one passenger's knees, whereas another passenger's knee was well protected. In the frontal offset deformable barrier test, the sedan received a score of 0 stars because of these factors.

Despite this, its bodyshell and footwell were stable and capable of standing further loads. The Verna also rated poorly in child occupant safety with no child restraint system. Crash test failure was primarily due to a lack of basic safety features rather than poor engineering.

The sedan lacks an advanced driver assistance system, including lane change warning, autonomous emergency braking, and blind-spot detection. Latin NCAP crash tests require these. However, the Verna (Accent) does not get full-blown ADAS in any market. However, there is a blind spot monitor and collision avoidance assist in the US.

Front seat belt reminder, ISOFIX seats, Rear parking sensors, and Dual front airbags are all standard equipment on the Verna model built in India. The most expensive models have side and curtain airbags, electronic stability, front parking sensors, hill start assist, a rear parking camera, and tire pressure monitoring.

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