Renault Triber proves to be a strong car even while being on the cheaper side!
The Triber is the budget-friendly seven-seater MPV from the French manufacturer for India, and has been doing great in terms of sales since its debut in August, 2019. India was the first market where the Triber went on sale and the made-in-India vehicle had high degrees of localization gone into it. Going by its rather affordable price tag and pocket-friendly nature, it was obvious for atleast a few of us to get sceptical of its crashworthiness, and we have just got our answers!
Renault Triber has cleared the Global NCAP crash tests, the benchmark for automobile safety in India, by scoring a good 4 star overall safety rating! After being put to rigorous frontal impact tests, the ultra-modular MPV was awarded 4 star adult safety rating (as safe as the Thar, Tiago, Marazzo, Brezza and VW Polo) and 3 stars for child occupant safety. Thus, the Triber is the safest mass-market seven seater MPV on sale in the country today.
The Triber is built on the Kwid’s platform and tucks under the 4-meter mark in length, even while being a seven-seater. The vehicle comes powered by a 1.0L naturally aspirated petrol engine letting out 71 bhp/96 Nm, mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. Though there are a number of safety features and technologies available on the Triber, the unit tested had the most basic spec, with just two airbags on offer.
Renault Triber Crash Test Analysis
In GNCAP’s frontal impact crash tests, Triber offered good protection to the driver and passenger heads and necks. Driver’s chest had marginal protection while that of the passenger had adequate protection. The driver knees however, were more prone to impact, apparently due to the dangerous structures behind the dashboard, while the passenger knees were fairly protected.
The bodyshell was rated as unstable and unable to bear any further loads. The footwell proved to be stable for adults.
In the case of child occupants, the chest protection was average and head protection low. There was excessive forward motion during the crash, making the child more vulnerable to the impact. The lack of ISOFIX mounts further made a drop in the car’s child safety.
As a matter of fact, the Triber performed better than other Renault cars tested recently as part of the #safercarsforindia campaign.