The New Car Assessment Programme for South East Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has tested and rated Renault Kwid as Zero-star. The tested model is sold in the Indonesian market. It is not the first time that the Kwid hatchback has received such poor rating regarding the safety and security of passengers as earlier the Euro NCAP also gave it a zero-star rating. Renault Kwid, in the ASEAN NCAP assessment, received an overall score of 24.68 points. This is also the first assessment by ASEAN NCAP of a Renault model.
ASEAN NCAP Secretary-General, Ir. Dr. Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim said: “We are truly disappointed to find that there are still cars out there that do not offer high degree of safety levels to its occupants in the ASEAN region. What is more disappointing is that these cars are sold in countries that recorded one of the highest numbers of road fatalities; in which WHO published Thailand with 14,059 fatalities while Indonesia had 26,416 number of road fatalities. Safer vehicle is one of the main pillars that can contribute to the betterment of road safety in this region. Therefore, we hope there will be positive co-operations from car manufacturers to significantly improve the safety performance of their cars in future.”
The Kwid obtained 10.12 points in the AOP category, furnished by the points from its frontal impact test. Under the COP category, the hatchback model had 14.56 points. Unfortunately, the model was not equipped with any safety assist technologies hence, it did not get any score for SATs category. The tested Kwid only had a single airbag for the driver. Furthermore, there was no ISOFIX fitted inside the car, which makes seatbelt as the main restraint method for child safety seats. According to the Renault Kwid’s accumulated score of 24.68 points from the three assessed categories, ASEAN NCAP rated it as Zero-Star. Global NCAP Secretary-General, Mr. David Ward said: “It’s very disturbing to see such a poor result for the Kwid. Renault have shown that they can make a much safer version in Latin America, so why not in South East Asia too? Different regions and double standards from Renault is deeply disappointing!”