Crash-testing organization Euro NCAP has released the latest set of crash test results for five cars, and all received the top five-star rating – except the new Suzuki Baleno. The Alfa Romeo Giulia, SEAT Ateca, Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota Prius posted strong scores, but the Baleno received only three stars – or four, with an optional ‘safety pack’. It’s the first time Euro NCAP has allowed a ‘dual rating’ of cars with optional safety equipment.
The standard Baleno ranked particularly low in the Safety Assist category, which takes into account crash prevention technology such as autonomous braking. A score of only 25% is the lowest result for quite some time, and is beaten by considerably older cars such as the Fiat Panda Cross and Lancia Ypsilon.
Yet even with the optional safety pack the Suzuki Baleno only achieved four stars, as the Safety Assist category score is raised to 43%. It’s not all bad news, though – Euro NCAP commented that the passenger compartment remained stable, and adult and child protection were both good in all tests.
Despite everything good about the new Baleno, the low crash-test score might hurt the reputation of the car in competitive markets.