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Suzuki Jimny scored a poor three-star EuroNCAP rating Photo: Supplied
 
 
David McCowen | Sep, 24 2018 | 0 Comments

Suzuki's Jimny baby SUV has returned a sub-par score in the latest round of EuroNCAP crash tests.

The budget off-roader's crash performance resulted in a three-star safety rating from Europe's independent crash testing body - the lowest score under a tougher system introduced this year.

Experts said the Suzuki’s driver airbag performed poorly, allowing a crash test dummy’s head to hit the steering wheel.

A report following the crash tests said “the passenger compartment was extensively deformed in the offset test, especially around the door-frame” in what EuroNCAP described as an “unstable collapse”.

The car’s boxy design was also singled out for attention, with the report outlining “structures in the instrument panel and dashboard were thought to pose a risk of injury to occupants of different sizes”, along with seats which offered “marginal protection against whiplash injury”.

EuroNCAP also said its active safety systems were sub par, struggling to detect pedestrians in low light and failing to react to cyclists in a variety of conditions.

The result came as Audi’s A6 and the VW Touareg received five star ratings matched by the new Ford Focus and Volvo XC40. 

The Suzuki Jimmy is set to reach Australia in late 2019.

 

 

 
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