The India-backed Skoda Slavia and Volkswagen Virtus have both got a 5-star rating in the recent round of Global NCAP safety tests.
Similar to their SUV sisters, the Skoda Kushaq as well as Volkswagen Taigun, the sedans also have a 5-star rating for adult and child residents under the upgraded safety test protocols.
The Slavia and Virtus are the first midsize sedans to have a 5-star rating under the GNCAP’s new testing protocols. Although, the Kushaq, Taigun, and Mahindra Scorpio N were the initial three cars to get a 5-star rating under the upgraded protocol.
In this phase, GNCAP also experimented with two Maruti Suzuki models, the new Alto K10 and the Wagon R. The ex got a 2-star rating, and at the same time, the further got a 1-star rating.
Skoda And Volkswagen Adult Occupant Crash Test Rating
Skoda and Volkswagen midsize sedans gained 29.71 points out of a complete 34 in the adult occupant protection experiment. This score is only 0.07 points more than their SUV counterparts.
Testers gave rated the protection given by the Slavia and Virtus from to point of view of the driver and head of passenger and neck as good. Although, protection for their chest was represented as ample.
Under the new testing protocols, approximating influence test with a contorting barrier, the Slavia and Virtus represented ample protection to the occupants with a score of 14.2 points over a possible 17.
The two midsize sedans got an ‘OK’ rating in the side pole influence tests, although, safeguarding for the chest region was not good.
The report from GNCAP also highlighted that the bodyshell and the footwell area of the Slavia and Virtus were firm and able of withstanding further loadings.
Skoda And Volkswagen Child Occupant Crash Test Rating
The Slavia and Virtus also gained good marks in the child occupant safeguarding tests as they got 42 points out of a complete 49, gaining a 5-star rating.
This adds the 12 out of 12 points it gained for the Child Restraint System fitting. It also gained 24 points out of 24 in the dynamic score.
GNCAP experimented with the Slavia and Virtus with dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old child, having both seats facing rearward.
They were positioned in the car utilizing i-size anchorages and a back leg, and both aided in stopping head exposure in a frontal crash. The CRS also provided full-side influence protection.
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At the same time, both cars provide 3-point seatbelts in almost every position as standard, they do not provide the probability to remove the front passenger airbag in case a reward-facing CRS is installed in that place.
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