The safest cheap cars in SA, according the AA. None of them use a roll cage, which is what saved this C1.
THE AA has released a report scoring the presence of ABS and air bags in the 23 cheapest cars South Af- ricans can buy new for under R150 000 from 13 different manufacturers.
The report states: “The variety of motor vehicles available in South Africa is not equal when viewed in terms of the quality and features on offer, especially when considering the number of basic safety features available in ‘affordable’ motor vehicles.”
This then begs the question, how does one make a decision to get the most safety features for the money spent? To answer the question, the association’s researchers developed a weighted pointbased system that awards safety points for any safety equipment fitted other than a seat belt and head restraint, and gave points for anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and air bags. Additional points were allocated for cars that had submitted to the crash tests in Europe’s New Car Assessment Programme
The AA chose R150 000 as the budget benchmark for its safety test because with a 10% deposit, financed over 72 months at an interest rate of 12%, a family can expect to pay a monthly instalment of some R2 500. A variance of around R10 000 on the vehicle’s purchase price will add or remove roughly R166 from the monthly instalment costs.
On the AA’s weighted system, a car with all safety features installed can score a maximum of 135 points. Using the points allocated, a “Safety/Affordability” index was created to draw a comparison of the safety features one can buy in terms of every R10 000 spent.
With many critics of air bags — Wheels included — having pointed out the deaths and injuries caused by these bombs in the dashboard (not to mention the current massive worldwide recall to fix many millions of Takata air bags), the AA stressed “scores were awarded merely on the face value of air bags installed, despite various safety features contributing differently in terms of fatality/ injury prevention in a crash”.
According to the AA’s system, only the Citroën C1 Vti Feel scored for having both ABS and air bags installed as well as getting four stars out of a possible five in the Euro NCap tests.
The C1, in fact, only lost points because it got four out of the possible five stars on a 2014 Euro NCap crash test, which gives the Citroën C1 and the Toyota Aygo 80% for adult and child occupant protection, 61% for pedestrian safety and 65% for safety assist.
The super minis badged as the Citroën C1, Toyota Aygo and Peugeot 108 are all built on the same platform at the Toyota-Peugeot-Citroën
AA’s top 4 acceptable budget cars
Citroën C1 Vti Feel Renault Sandero Expression FAW V2 1.3 DLX FAW V2 1.3 #Like
AA’s top 8 ‘moderately safe’ budget cars
Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GA Chevrolet Spark 1.2 Campus Suzuki Swift Hatch 1,2 GA Suzuki Celerio 1.0 GL Mitsubishi Mirage 1,2 GL Honda Brio Hatch 1,2 Trend Chevrolet Spark 1.2 L Chery J2 1,5 TX Automobile Czech (TPCA) joint venture in Kolín in the Czech Republic.
The 108 used to be the 107, and is no longer on sale in SA, while Toyota retails the Aygo for R155 k, causing the rebranded C1 to miss the AA’s budget.
Renault Sandero Expression was second on the AA’s list, followed by the FAW V2 in third and the Suzuki Celerio in fourth place.
Another significant discovery was that five of the models under consideration had none of the identified safety features installed. These are Geely GC2, Chery QQ, Datsun Go, Tata Indica and Tata Vista.
The Renault Sandero scored second highest for safety systems on the AA’s list of budget cars, and the dirt-road-eating Stepway remains Wheels’s recommended budget buy in this stable.
The Toyota Aygo after the standard 50 km/h side impact test in the Euro New Car Assessment Programme. The Aygo and the Citroën C1 share the same platform, which requires a roll cage to protect the driver, as this inset of a C1 after somersaulting in a high-speed crash during a German rally, shows.