Volkswagen Taigun Gets A Full Score In Global NCAP Crash Tests
It has grabbed five stars in both the adult and child occupant protection assessments
The Taigun, along with the Skoda Kushaq, are the first models to be tested as per Global NCAP’s updated protocols.
The bodyshell and footwell area of the SUV were deemed ‘stable’.
The VW SUV has scored 29.64 out of 34 points for adult occupant protection.
It achieved 42 out of 49 points for child occupant protection.
Volkswagen offers it with dual front airbags, ESC, and tyre pressure monitor as standard.
It’s priced from Rs 11.56 lakh to Rs 18.71 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
In another round of crash-testing cars under its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign, Global NCAP has now released the results for cars including the Volkswagen Taigun. Do note that the VW SUV, along with its Skoda sibling, were tested according to Global NCAP’s updated standards, which now also includes side impact and electronic stability control (ESC) as parameters.
The Taigun has secured five stars for both adult and child occupant protection and it was, like most cars Global NCAP tests, tested in its most basic safety-spec version. The Skoda Kushaq too has received an identical score.
ADULT OCCUPANT PROTECTION
Frontal Impact (64kmph)
The Taigun received five stars for adult occupant protection, scoring a 29.64 out of 34 points. Protection to the driver’s and co-driver’s head and neck was rated ‘good’. While protection to the driver’s chest was termed ‘adequate’, it was rated as ‘good’ for that of the co-driver. The knees of the front passengers received ‘good’ protection.
The driver’s tibias got ‘marginal and adequate’ protection, while cover for the co-driver’s tibias was adjudged ‘good’. Both its bodyshell and footwell area were rated as ‘stable’ and its bodyshell was adjudged to be capable of withstanding further loadings.
Side Impact (50kmph)
Under the newly introduced side impact test, protection to the head, abdomen and pelvis was cited to be ‘good’ while the cover for chest was deemed ‘marginal’.
Side Pole Impact (29kmph)
The result also mentioned that the fitment of the curtain airbags was as per the required protocols. In the side pole impact test, the head and pelvis got ‘good’ protection from the curtain airbag while ‘adequate’ cover was offered to the abdomen. Chest protection was rated as ‘marginal’.
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
The crash-test result also stated that the ESC in the VW Taigun met the fitment rate requirements and the performance shown in the test was acceptable according to the Global NCAP’s latest requirements.
CHILD OCCUPANT PROTECTION
Frontal Impact (64kmph)
When child occupant protection is concerned, the SUV got the same five-star score by achieving 42 out of 49 points. The child seat for the 3-year-old dummy was facing rearward and it offered full protection to the head during the frontal impact test. On the other hand, the child seat for the one-and-a-half-year-old dummy was facing rearward, and it provided full protection to the head too.
Side Impact (50kmph)
Both the child restraint systems (CRS) were able to offer full protection during the side impact test.
Expert’s Response On This Feat
Alejandro Furas, Secretary General of Global NCAP said, “We welcome and congratulate Skoda and Volkswagen’s initiative to meet Global NCAP’s new five star requirements for the Kushaq and Taigun through voluntary testing. We urge all car makers to aspire to and achieve this level of crash test performance going forward, maintaining the momentum of safety improvements we have seen steadily develop through our programme since we began our Indian testing in 2014”.
David Ward, President of the Towards Zero Foundation said, “Following the introduction of Global NCAP’s more demanding protocol enhancements in July, it is satisfying to already see these five star crash ratings for VW and Skoda. The majority of domestic and international automakers understand that Indian consumers rightly expect high safety standards as a minimum requirement. We look forward to this trend continuing when Bharat NCAP gets underway next year.”
Safety Kit On The VW SUV
The Taigun gets three-point seatbelts for all five passengers, ISOFIX child seat anchorages, dual front airbags, ESC, a tyre pressure monitor, and rear parking sensors as standard. Volkswagen has equipped its higher variants with up to six airbags, hill-start assist, and a reversing camera.
The Taigun has been on sale since September 2021 and it recently completed a year in the Indian market. Volkswagen asks between Rs 11.56 lakh and Rs 18.71 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) for the SUV.
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