2009 Suzuki XL7

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2009 Suzuki XL7 4-door SUV
2008 Suzuki XL7 shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Moderate overlap front
Side
Head restraints & seats

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2008-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Suzuki XL7 Limited 4-door 4wd

The Suzuki XL7 was redesigned for the 2007 model year. Beginning with 2008 models, design changes were made to the driver frontal airbag and seat belt to improve occupant protection in frontal crashes.

Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by General Motors as part of frontal crash test verification. The XL7 is built in a GM plant in Canada; the tested vehicle was a 2007 model incorporating the airbag and seat belt changes for 2008 models.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics
Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID VTF0707
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 6
Left (cm) 18
Center (cm) 16
Right (cm) 12
Brake pedal (cm) 10
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 3
Right (cm) 2
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 4
Rearward (cm) -2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 3

Driver injury measures

Test ID VTF0707
Head
HIC-15 391
Peak gs at hard contact 26
Neck
Tension (kN) 1.0
Extension bending moment (Nm) 16
Maximum Nij 0.22
Chest maximum compression (mm) 29
Legs
Femur force - left (kN) 1.9
Femur force - right (kN) 4.4
Knee displacement - left (mm) 0
Knee displacement - right (mm) 5
Maximum tibia index - left 0.54
Maximum tibia index - right 0.82
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 0.8
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 0.4
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 81
Right 79

How the moderate overlap front test is conducted

Side

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Tested vehicle: 2008 Suzuki XL7 Luxury 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats

The Suzuki XL7 was redesigned for the 2007 model year. During the crash, welds within the B-pillar separated and the inner portion of the pillar intruded excessively into the occupant compartment, resulting in a rating of Poor for the structure.

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Tested vehicle:2008 Suzuki XL7 Luxury 4-door 4wd

The Suzuki XL7 was redesigned for the 2007 model year. During the crash, welds within the B-pillar separated and the inner portion of the pillar intruded excessively into the occupant compartment, resulting in a rating of Poor for the structure.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Driver head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Rear passenger head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbag and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Technical measurements for this test

Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CES0742
B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver's seat (cm) 3.5
Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline.

Driver injury measures

Test ID CES0742
Head HIC-15 276
Neck
Tension (kN) 2.1
Compression (kN) 0.0
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 55
Lateral force (kN) 2.5
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 37
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 6.11
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.77
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 1.7
Acetabulum force (kN) 2.8
Combined force (kN) 4.2
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 55
A-P moment (Nm) 28

Passenger injury measures

Test ID CES0742
Head HIC-15 183
Neck
Tension (kN) 0.6
Compression (kN) 0.2
Shoulder
Lateral deflection (mm) 38
Lateral force (kN) 2.2
Torso
Maximum deflection (mm) 48
Average deflection (mm) 30
Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 5.49
Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.73
Pelvis
Iliac force (kN) 0.2
Acetabulum force (kN) 3.1
Combined force (kN) 3.1
Left femur
L-M force (kN) 0.3
L-M moment (Nm) 123
A-P moment (Nm) 65

How the side crash test is conducted

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2007-09 models

Seat type: Manual-power leather seats

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
Technical measurements for this test
Seat type Manual-power leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 88
Distance below top of head (mm) 5
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.8
Head contact time (ms) 86
Force rating 2
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N) 138
Max neck tension (N) 561

How the head restraint & seat test is conducted