The Hyundai Santro relaunched in India recently and received a good response from the crowd. Global NCAP has now crash-tested the Santro sold in India. The hatchback gets a meager 2-star safety rating.
The car gets 2 stars for adult occupant protection and also 2 stars for child occupant protection. The Global NCAP report shows that the structure of the car is unstable. The report also says the footwell area is unstable. The Head and neck protection for adult occupants is good. But, the chest protection for the driver suffers and is marginal for the passenger. Due to this, the car also lost points for driver seat belt reminder (SBR). The Santro also does not offer 3 points belts for all occupants.
The child occupant also gets low points as Hyundai did not recommend a child restraint seat (CRS) for the test. The head of the 3-year old child shows contact during the impact which can be extremely dangerous. The neck protection for the 3-year old child is also poor but is acceptable for ann 18-month old child.
The new Hyundai Santro is powered by a 1086cc, 4 cylinders, 12 valves, 1.1L petrol engine which generates 69PS max power @ 5,500 RPM and 99Nm of torque @ 4,500 RPM. The CNG unit is also available which will generate 59PS power @ 5,500 RPM and 99Nm of torque @ 4,500 RPM. Both the units are combined with a 5-Speed Manual transmission. An automated manual transmission is also offered with 1.1L Magna and Sportz variants.
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