Some of the shine has come off the new Suzuki Swift after it failed to score five stars in Euro safety tests.
The standard car scored just three stars from Euro NCAP, with a score of 83 per cent for adult protection and 75 per cent for children.
With the safety pack fitted, which adds radar brake support, the Swift still scored only four stars.
The adult protection score increased slightly to 88 per cent, but the rating for children remained the same.
To put this in context the previous model tested in 2010 scored a full five stars for safety.
Euro NCAP reports the passenger compartment of the Swift remained stable in the frontal offset test.
Dummy readings indicated good protection of the knees and femurs for both the driver and passenger.
Suzuki showed a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sat in different positions.
In the full-width rigid barrier test, protection of the chest was marginal, both for the driver and the rear seat passenger.
Otherwise, protection of critical body areas was rated a good or adequate.
The Swift scored maximum points in both the side barrier test and the more severe side pole impact, with good protection of all critical body regions.
Tests on the front seats and head restraints demonstrated good protection against whiplash injuries in the event of a rear-end collision.
However, a geometric assessment of the rear seats indicated poor whiplash protection for occupants in those seating positions.
Swift has, as part of its ‘Radar Brake Support’ option pack, autonomous emergency braking.
The system works at the low speeds, typical of city driving, at which many whiplash injuries are caused.
“. . . in tests of this functionality, the system performed adequately,” the report said.
Note that in Europe the Swift is sold with six airbags – in Australia it gets seven with an additional knee airbag to protect the driver’s lower legs.
Swift is yet to receive a rating from Australian NCAP.