Global NCAP has already subjected up to 50 Indian-made cars to crash tests. The latest to undergo this test are the Honda City and Jazz, Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite SUVs.
International car safety rating agency Global NCAP has revised the list of the safest cars currently available in Indian markets. The agency, which recently tested four more Indian-made cars, conducted crash tests on 50 cars as part of its #SaferCarsForIndia campaign.
Earlier this month, Global NCAP had crash tested four Indian cars.
These included the fourth generation Honda City and premium Honda Jazz hatchback in addition to the Renault Kiger and Nissan Magnite subcompact SUVs. All four cars passed crash tests with four stars. The recent results have upended the list of the safest cars in India.
Here is an overview of the 10 safest cars currently available in India:
1. Mahindra XUV700:
Mahindra’s flagship XUV700 SUV is ranked as the safest car on Indian roads by Global NCAP. The SUV was put through its paces last year after launching in August. The SUV comes with seven airbags, latest-generation electronic stability program, cornering lights, 360-degree camera, blind view monitoring and a host of highlights from advanced driver assistance systems like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, lane departure. Warning, Smart Pilot Assist, High Beam Assist, among others.
2. Tata Punch:
Punch SUV is second on the list and is the safest passenger car in the Tata Motors stable. The Tata Punch SUV earned a five-star safety rating (16.453) for adult occupant protection and a four-star rating (40.891) for child occupant protection. It became Tata’s third vehicle to achieve this safety recognition after Altroz in January 2020 and Nexon in December 2018.
3. Mahindra XUV300:
Mahindra XUV300, the first of the Mahindra cars to pass Global NCAP testing, is also the recipient of the safety agency’s first-ever ‘Safer Choice’ award for achieving the highest levels of safety performance. It received a five-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a four-star rating for child occupant protection. Prior to Punch’s arrival, the XUV300 had the highest combined occupant safety rating of any Indian car tested so far.
4. Tata Altroz:
Tata Motors’ popular premium sedan was awarded a five-star rating for an adult occupant by Global NCAP in its crash test and a three-star rating for a child occupant. Altroz has a stable structure and foot space, good head and neck protection and chest protection for the two adults in the front seats, according to the safety agency report.
5. Tata Nexon:
Made from a stable body, Tata Motors’ Nexon earned five stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupants. Nexon offers dual front airbags, dual front pretensioners, ABS brakes and ISOFIX anchorages as safety equipment for its passengers.
6. Mahindra Thar:
Mahindra’s off-road SUV entered the Global NCAP list of safe cars late last year after earning a four-star safety rating for both adult and child occupants. Thar SUV now ranks fifth in the list and is also officially India’s safest off-roader. Thar has been tested by Global NCAP to its basic safety specifications and two airbags.
7. City of Honda:
The fourth-generation Honda City model earned four stars in the adult and child occupant protection category. However, the Jazz sedan only got three stars for child protection. Jazz lost points for the ISOFIX child seat mounts and rear center seat belt. The City sedan was tested to its most basic safety specifications, fitted with dual front airbags, ISOFIX anchorages and ABS.
8. Tata Tigor EV:
Tata Motors’ Tigor EV has become the first-ever electric vehicle (EV) to be tested by Global NCAP and achieved a four-star safety rating for both adult and child occupants. The electric vehicle was assessed in its most basic safety specifications, equipped with two airbags as standard. The Motor Safety Agency said the electric vehicle’s safety rating could be further improved by adding features such as electronic stability control (ESC), side-impact protection and three-point seat belts to all the seats of the vehicle.
9. Tata Tigor/Tiago:
The Tiago hatchback and the Tigor subcompact sedan are equal in terms of safety standards. Both Tigor and Tiago received four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. Both cars are offered with two airbags as standard safety equipment.
10. Honda Jazz:
Honda’s top-of-the-range sedan has been tested to its most basic safety specifications, equipped with dual front airbags and ABS. During the evaluation, it showed a stable structure. It is offered with a lap belt on the rear center seat, without ESC and the series-leading side impact protection.
Date of first publication: February 23, 2022, 10:52 AM IST