Here at CAR magazine, we take every new vehicle we feature to our test strip to gather data for our in-depth road tests. Below we have listed the worst average braking times (across our standard ten attempts, each from 100 km/h) we collected in 2020.
5. Jeep Compass 2,4 4x4 Trailhawk – 3,27 seconds
With a pair of 330 mm ventilated discs on the front axle, this Jeep's average stopping time of 3,27 seconds is quite a surprise. At 1 702 kg, it’s not the heaviest off-roading compact crossover we’ve tested, while those Falken Wildpeak H/T (Highway Terrain) well suited better to tarmac, too. The Indian-built Compass had a slowest single time of 3,56 seconds.
4. Suzuki S-Presso 1,0 S-Edition 5MT – 3,30 seconds
Suzuki’s latest budget model impresses in many areas, as highlighted by its inclusion in our list of most fuel-efficient cars for 2020. But where it falls short is in its braking performance. ABS with EBD, front ventilated discs and a set of hard-compound MRF ZVTV ecotred tyres don’t do this 766 kg model any favours when it comes to stopping. It was able to achieve a respectabe best time of 3,11 seconds but with a slowest result of 3,48 seconds, consistency was not its strong suit.
3. Suzuki Ignis 1,2 GLX MT – 3,31
The Suzuki Ignis has plenty of strengths but we cannot ignore its average stopping time. The Ignis uses 231 mm ventilated front discs with a set of hard-compound Bridgestone Ecopia EP150 tyres, which resulted in a best stopping time of 2,98 seconds; quite a bit better than that of its smaller sibling. Its slowest recorded time of 3,57 seconds, however, is a signal that this too suffers from inconsistency.
2. Mahindra Pik Up DC S11 Karoo 4x4 AT – 3,44 seconds
The utilitarian Pik Up is unfortunate enough to feature on our slowest-accelerating and slowest-braking list for 2020. Despite having 275 mm front ventilated discs with ABS and EBD, plus tyres favouring tarmac driving, the 2 127 kg double-cab bakkie had to settle for an average time of 3,44 seconds. The best result was 3,23 seconds while the worst was 3,65 seconds.
1. Renault Triber 1,0 Prestige – 3,66 seconds
Despite boasting ABS with EBD, Renault’s budget MPV had some trouble coming to a halt from 100 km/h. The 238 mm solid front discs and 200 mm rear drums do what they can with the CEAT SecuraDrive tyres. The result of this configuration is an average time of 3,66 seconds, which is quite some way behind the other vehicles on this list. The quickest time it could achieve was 3,44 seconds, while its slowest result was 3,82 seconds. Interestingly, every model on this list is built in India.