Honda Amaze 2024 Crash Test Results: A Detailed Analysis

Honda Amaze 2024 Crash Test Results: A Detailed Analysis

Honda recently faced a significant change in its safety ratings for the Amaze model, as revealed by the latest Global NCAP crash test results. In 2019, the Honda Amaze earned a respectable four stars for adult occupant protection, but the latest tests in 2024 show a drop to just two stars. Here’s a closer look at how the Honda Amaze has evolved and what these new ratings mean.

Honda Amaze: Evolution and Safety Features

The Honda Amaze was first introduced in India in 2013, equipped with 1.2-liter petrol and 1.5-liter diesel engines. Initially, safety features like dual front airbags and ABS with EBD were not standard. In 2018, the second-generation Amaze was launched, and by 2019, it came with improved safety features including dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, and ISOFIX child seat anchorages as standard. This model was tested by Global NCAP in 2019 and achieved four stars for adult occupant protection and one star for child occupant protection.

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The Amaze received a facelift in 2021, which included some design updates and additional features, maintaining the standard safety equipment from the 2019 model.

Changes in Global NCAP Testing Protocols

The testing protocols of Global NCAP have become stricter since 2022. Previously, the focus was primarily on the presence of front airbags, ABS, and the car's structural integrity. However, the updated protocols now include tests for side impact, side pole impact, and pedestrian protection. Additionally, features such as electronic stability control (ESC), six airbags, and ISOFIX are required to achieve a top 5-star rating. The scoring system for adult occupant protection has also been updated, with a maximum of 34 points available compared to 17 points previously.

Comparison of 2019 and 2024 Crash Test Results

In 2019, the Amaze provided good protection for the driver and front passenger’s head and neck, and adequate chest protection. The knees showed marginal protection. The car's body shell integrity and footwell area were rated as stable.

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In 2024, despite the body shell and footwell area still being rated as stable, the Amaze scored poorly in adult occupant protection due to the absence of features like ESC and side curtain airbags, which are now considered essential under the new testing protocols.

Child Occupant Protection

Child occupant protection has been a weak point for the Amaze. In 2019, issues were noted with the child seats during testing, particularly in terms of head exposure and chest load during rebound and impact. The 2024 results showed similar challenges, with the rearward-facing child seat for an 18-month-old failing to provide adequate protection, leading to zero points in this category.

The latest safety ratings for the Honda Amaze reflect the impact of stricter Global NCAP testing standards and highlight areas where improvements are needed, especially in child occupant protection. Despite these challenges, the vehicle’s structural integrity remains a positive aspect. The Amaze continues to compete in the Indian market, with prices ranging from Rs 7.20 lakh to Rs 9.96 lakh, rivaling models like the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Hyundai Aura, and Tata Tigor.