The 3-Star result, which puts the Celerio one star below the Alto currently offered in Australia, was the lowest of Euro NCAP’s latest round of tests.
Renault’s ageing but recently updated Megane also fared better than the all-new Celerio, achieving a 4-Star result.
The Celerio’s result was drawn from a 61 percent safety rating for adult occupant protection, 74 percent for child occupants, 68 percent for pedestrian safety and just 38 percent for safety assist technologies.
The light hatch missed out on crucial points elsewhere, with the lack of side airbags as standard equipment moving Euro NCAP to skip the pole test.
Euro NCAP said that the Celerio’s lack of lane assist and city emergency braking technology affects the hatch’s result, although these systems are still to be made commonplace in this segment.
Australian specifications for the Celerio are still to be confirmed, although we can likely expect the new hatch to match the Alto’s standard inclusion of side airbags.
Those additional airbags could potentially improve the Celerio’s safety score in Australia, although marginal leg protection scores may also hurt its cause locally.