The Renault Kwid has been handed a zero star safety rating – and an alarming video shows just how dangerous that could be to occupants.
The French manufacturer's entry-level crossover was one of five vehicles for the Indian market crash-tested by Global NCAP as part of a SaferCarsforIndia initiative.
The Kwid was tested in three versions – one with airbags – but all were rated as zero star for adult safety. Child safety scored two stars.
David Ward, secretary general of the London-based Global NCAP, said a body shell that remained stable in a crash plus at least front airbags were 'an absolutely crucial pre-requisite for occupant safety'. He added: 'It is very surprising that a manufacturer like Renault introduced the Kwid initially lacking this essential feature.'
Renault says that following the crash-testing it has sought to improve the Kwid's safety performance.
The Kwid is the country's fifth most popular passenger car, according to a recent Times of India report, with 41,205 sold between its launch last September and this March.