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Skoda Slavia And VW Virtus Scores 5-star Ratings At Global NCAP

In the most recent round of Global NCAP safety tests, the VW Virtus and Skoda Slavia built for India both received a 5-star rating. According to the new safety test procedures, the sedans receive a 5-star certification for adult and kid passengers, the same as their SUV brothers, the Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun.

Skoda Slavia

According to GNCAP’s new testing procedures, the Slavia and Virtus are the first midsize cars to get a 5-star rating. Nonetheless, the first three cars to obtain a 5-star rating under the revised methodology were the Kushaq, Taigun, and Mahindra Scorpio N.

The new Alto K10 and the Wagon R were two more Maruti Suzuki cars that were examined by GNCAP in this round. While the latter only obtained a 1-star rating, the former received a 2-star rating.

In testing for adult occupant safety, the midsize cars from Skoda and VW received a score of 29.71 out of a possible 34. Its rating is only 0.07 points better than that of the SUVs. The Slavia and Virtus provided adequate head and neck protection for the driver and passenger, according to testing. Yet, it was demonstrated that their chest was well protected.

Skoda Slavia

The Skoda Slavia and Virtus demonstrated satisfactory occupant protection in the side impact test with a deformable barrier under the revised testing guidelines, scoring 14.2 out of a possible 17. The two midsize cars passed the side pole impact tests with an “OK” grade, although the chest area’s protection was only fair.

The bodyshell and footwell regions of the Slavia and Virtus were stable and able to handle additional loadings, according to the GNCAP study.
The Slavia and Virtus both performed admirably in the tests for child occupant protection, receiving 42 out of a possible 49 points and receiving a 5-star rating. Included in this are the 12 out of 12 points it received for the installation of the CRS (Child Restraint System). Also, it scored 24 out of a possible 24 points in the dynamic score.

With both seats facing backward, GNCAP evaluated the Slavia and Virtus using dummies of an 18-month-old and a 3-year-old kid. They were secured in the vehicle utilizing support legs and i-size anchorages, both of which reduced the risk of head exposure in the case of a frontal collision. The CRS provided complete side impact protection as well.


While both vehicles come standard with 3-point seatbelts in every sitting position, they do not provide a way to disable the front passenger airbag in the event that a rearward-facing CRS is fitted in that location.

A vehicle only earns a 5-star rating under the new Global NCAP standards if it achieves the necessary scores and complies with the ESC, pedestrian protection, pole side impact, and seat belt reminder requirements for GNCAP.

It is a little challenging to compare automobiles evaluated under the previous guidelines with those tested under the new ones because the whole testing process has been changed. However, a star rating under the new protocols is reflective of more well-rounded protection that takes into account side impact as well as active safety features like ESC, which helps prevent an accident in the first place. A star rating under the old protocols was reflective of performance in a front crash test.

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