[tps_header] The new 2015 facelifted Made-in-India Volkswagen Vento was recently awarded with a 5-star rating by the Latin NCAP. The sedan managed to score 5-stars in Adult Occupant Protection and 3-star in Child Occupant Protection. [/tps_header]
The NCAP crash tests are conducted independently to judge the safety of vehicles worldwide. The tests are popular since in the West since the begenning. The tests also affect the sales of the vehicles depending on its performance in the crash tests. India has recently joined the league and started taking the tests seriously. Recently, the facelifted Made-in-India Volkswagen Vento was tested at the Latin NCAP. The C-segment sedan bagged a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection and a 3-star rating for child occupant protection. It scored 14.61 out of 17 points in adult occupant protection and 34 out of 49 points in child occupant protection.
The NCAP tests all the cars for frontal damage by bumping into a wall and only the cars that manage to score a 5-star rating are eligible for side impact tests. The Volkswagen Vento also performed well in the side impact tests and the car was given an overall ‘Stable’ certificate.
The car testded had dual front airbags, ABS, seatbelt retensioners and ISOFIX child occupant protection and was a left-hand drive as it was an export unit. However, the all the Indian variants of the Volkswagen Vento come with dual airbags as standard. The Latin NCAP commented, “In the frontal impact the driver and passenger heads were both well protected by the driver and passenger airbags. Both seatbelts were equipped with pretensioners and load limiters. The passenger knees areas did not show critical structures and the driver knees find hard contact with the steering column. The body shell was rated as stable and was capable of withstanding further loading. The model could meet the requirements of the UN95 side impact test”.
The 3-star rating of the sedan for child occuoant protection is due to the poor positioning of the ISOFIX and the lack of warning for installing the child restrain system. But, the car is found to be perfectly safe for adult occupants.
The VW group has been in news in last few onths for the emission scandal worldwide. The ARAI in Inda has also found variations in the emission levels in Indian models. However, the company is trying hard to minimize the damage but it will take a lot of time for VW to regain its position. But, tests like this show that the company is at least manufacturing safe cars like the Volkswagen Vento. The Vento is produced in the Indian plant of the German automaker at Chakan near Pune. The car is exported to 35 different countries around the world.
Here is a video of the test.