The all-new Suzuki Swift was first revealed towards the end of the 2016, and now, the hatchback has received a four-star safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). However, this only applies to models fitted with the radar brake support pack, and those without it will only get three stars instead.

The discrepancy in safety ratings is due to the Safety Assist test category, which takes into account driver assist technologies including autonomous emergency braking (AEB). On Swift models without Suzuki’s AEB system, a score of 25% is awarded, whereas cars with the system are rated at 44%.

In other aspects, the Swift performed well in the Adult Occupant test, with AEB-equipped models scoring 88% (models without AEB scored 83%).The Swift also received a score of 75% in the Child Occupant test and 69% in the Pedestrian test.

“Euro NCAP started rewarding AEB pedestrian systems last year and we have seen a rapid uptake of the technology. We hope to see as fast an adoption of AEB systems that detect cyclists when tests of those systems form part of the rating next year,” said Euro NCAP secretary general Michiel van Ratingen.