Global NCAP has conducted crash tests of over 38 Indian cars under its #SaferCarsForIndia program. We have chosen the 10 best performers.
10. Renault Duster
The Renault Duster makes it to the 10th position in the list with 3 stars for adult occupant safety (9.0/17) and 2 stars for child occupant safety (17.75/49). This model was tested in 2017, equipped with just a driver’s side airbag. The model with no airbags was given zero stars for adult occupancy. But the Renault Duster on sale right now has dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors and has been upgraded to meet pedestrian safety norms with its face lift. So It could potentially score better than the model tested on Global NCAP’s crash tests.
09. Ford Aspire
The Ford Aspire was tested in 2017, and was given a respectable 3-star rating for adult occupancy (10.49/17), even if not having safety kit like ABS and seat-belt pre-tensioners as standard. It has received a 2-star child-occupancy rating (14.22/49) for the faults like excessive movement of the child seat and lack of Isofix child-seat mounts. The Ford Aspire face lift, launched in late 2018, came with much more safety. So, right now it isn’t bad at all.
08. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
The current-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga secured a 3-star rating for adult occupancy (9.25/17). Points were deducted as the passenger pre-tensioner failed to work properly and the body shell and foot wall area was rated unstable during the test. It managed to get three stars (25.16/49) for child occupancy. Standard safety on the Ertiga includes two airbags, ABS, seat-belt reminders for the front seats, Isofix child-seat mounts at the rear and the now-mandatory rear parking sensors and speed alarms.
07. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The safest Maruti Suzuki in India i.e. Vitara Brezza got 4-star rating for adult occupancy (12.51 out of 17). However, the SUV only roped in two stars for child occupancy (17.93 out of 49) with the dummy suffering injuries to its head and shoulders. All variants of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belts with pretensioners, a driver’s side seat-belt reminder and Isofix child-seat mounts.
06. Tata Tiago
The Tata Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan were both got four stars in the crash tests, and managed to score 12.52 out of 17 for adult occupancy. But for the lack of Isofix child-seat mounts both were only awarded a 3-star child occupancy rating (34.15/49).
05. Volkswagen Polo
The Volkswagen Polo with two airbags managed a solid 4-star rating for adult-occupant protection (12.54/17) in 2014 despite lacking the safety available on today’s model such as ABS and seat-belt reminders. It managed to score three stars for child occupant protection (29.91/49) despite lacking Isofix child-seat mounts, which is now standard on the hatchback. The top variants of the Volkswagen Polo come with traction control, ESC, hill-start assist, rear parking sensors and a rear parking camera now.
04. Mahindra Marazzo
The Mahindra Marazzo, the first India made MPV to gain a 4-star rating, scored 12.85 out of 17 in adult safety and 22.22 out of 49 in child occupancy (two stars) thanks to safety kit such as dual front airbags, ABS, a driver’s side seat-belt reminder, front seat-belt pretensioners and Isofix anchorages for the rear seats – standard across all variants. This score defines it as the safest MPV on sale in India right now.
03. Tata Nexon
The Nexon got four stars (13.56/17) the first time it was crash tested. Then Tata upgraded all variants of the compact SUV with a seat-belt reminder for the driver and front passenger and sent it in for Round 2. This, It managed to pass the UN95 side-impact protection requirements and became India’s first 5-star car, securing 16.06 out of 17 for adult occupancy. The Nexon’s child-occupancy rating is three stars (25/49). Do note that the model tested was the pre-facelift car and it has since been upgraded to meet pedestrian protection norms that will come into effect later, this year. All variants of the Tata Nexon come with two airbags, ABS and Isofix child-seat mounts as standard.
02. Tata Altroz
Tata Altroz is the second model to get a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection (16.13/17), but didn’t score as well on child occupant protection, securing three stars (29/49) as in the test the backrest of the rear seat unlatched and dummy’s head contacted with the interior. Still the Tata Altroz is the safest hatchback tested by Global NCAP. The Standard Altroz range only includes two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seat-belt reminders for the front seats and Isofix child-seat mounts where the higher range includes height-adjustable front seat belts, a rear parking camera, and front and rear fog lamps.
01. Mahindra XUV300
XUV300 is the safest car in India as rated by Global NCAP. XUV300, Mahindra’s sub-4-metre SUV was awarded five stars for adult occupancy as it scored 16.42/17 for adult occupant protection and four stars (37.44/49) for child occupant protection. It also won Global NCAP’s first-ever Safer Choice award. The base XUV300 W4 and W6 variants are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear disc brakes and Isofix child-seat mounts, with other equipment like rear parking sensors and seat-belt reminders that (now mandatory).
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