Kia Carens Vs Maruti Ertiga - Crash Test Ratings Compared

Published On Sep 24, 2022 03:36 PM By Tarun for Maruti Ertiga

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Both the MPVs have a three-star rating, but which is safer?

Kia Carens Vs Maruti Ertiga Crash Test Comparo

Global NCAP crash test ratings are given to cars to show their ability to keep passengers safe in case of an accident. According to the test protocol, the car is crashed into a frontal offset barrier at a speed of 64kmph, and following that, its performance is assessed for the rating. 

Prior to the most recent update in the GNCAP testing protocols, segment rivals Kia Carens and Maruti Ertiga were tested and assessed on equal parameters. Let’s see how their scores compare. Just like all the cars, their base variants were crash tested. 

Overall Scores

Both the Kia Carens and Maruti Ertiga secured three-star safety ratings in the global NCAP crash test. The Ertiga gets dual front airbags, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX seat anchorages as standard. However, the Carens is much more feature-rich, packing six airbags, electronic stability control, hill assist, ISOFIX, and a tyre pressure monitor as standard. So how did they both get the same score? 

Front Occupants’ Safety

The Kia Carens scored 9.30 points out of 17, while the Ertiga is just a bit behind with 9.25 points. Here are the key observations: 

  • Both offer good protection to the driver and front passenger’s head and neck region. 

  • Driver’s chest region showed marginal protection but the co-passenger’s chest gets good protection, in both the cases. 

  • The area above the knees of the driver and passenger, in both the MPVs, showed marginal protection as it can impact with the dangerous surfaces behind the dashboard. However, leg protection below the knees was shown to be adequate.

  • Both offered weak protection for the driver’s feet as their footwell area was rated as unstable and incapable of withstanding further loadings.

Rear Occupants’ Safety

Kia Carens Global NCAP scorecard

Both have managed to secure three-star ratings in the rear (child) occupant’s safety. While the Carens scores 30.99 points out of 49, the Ertiga reports 25.16 points. Here are our observations: 

  • The Ertiga’s child seat for three-year-olds showed good protection to the head and was able to prevent excessive forward movement in case of a crash. The same offered poor protection in the Carens. 

  • In the case of the Carens, the child seat for a 1.5-year old was able to avoid head impact protection but Ertiga failed with the same. 

  • Both the MPVs get ISOFIX seat anchorages as standard in outward (side) rear seats. 

  • However, they miss out on a three-point seat belt for the rear middle passenger and instead get a lap belt. 

Bodyshell Integrity

Maruti Ertiga Gets 3-Star Rating In Global NCAP Crash Tests

The bodyshell integrity of a car is a significant part of the crash test as it determines how strong the car’s structure is. Both the Carens and Ertiga failed the integrity test with an unstable body shell, incapable of withstanding further loadings. 

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So technically, the Kia Carens is the safer of the two. However, going by the government’s mandate for six airbags for improving the vehicle safety can be proven wrong here. Despite getting six airbags, the Carens is just a bit safer than the dual airbags-equipped Ertiga. 

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Sep 26, 2022, 5:32:39 PM

Body is very week

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