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Global NCAP Rating: Top 10 Safest Cars in India

Global NCAP Rating: Top 10 Safest Cars in India

The Tata Punch is a 5-star safety car from Global NCAP with a scorecard of 16.45 points out of a total of 17 for adults.

India is investing heavily in safety, where automakers and buyers are both leaning more toward safety features than mere comfort. Let’s take a look at 10 of the top-rated and safest cars available in India.

Tata Punch

The Tata Punch is a five star car by Global NCAP. The tested model comes standard with two airbags, two airbags, belt tensioners, ISOFIX anchors for children and ABS. It received a total of five stars for adult safety and four stars for children’s use. According to the Global NCAP ratings, the Punch scored 16.45 points out of a total of 17 for adults and 40.89 points out of a total of 49 for children.

The top version of the Tata Punch gets additional automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking camera, four-channel ABS with EBD, traction control on the automatic variant and brake swing control. It also gets the iRA-connected car technology that adds about 27 safety features.

Mahindra XUV300

The Mahindra XUV300 scored a full 5 stars by Global NCAP. Scored 16.42 points out of 17 for adult safety, the XUV300 also gets a five-star rating. It also scores 37.44 points out of 49 for child safety, earning it four stars. The tested model of the XUV300 had two front airbags and was crash-tested at a speed of 64 km/h. According to the rating agency, the bodywork remained stable and the front passenger received good general protection.

‘The driver sees sufficient protection in the breast and shin region’. The top spec XUV300 also comes with its fair share of safety equipment, including ABS with EBD, front fog lamps, seat belt pretensioners, rear parking sensors and reversing camera, auto-dimming IRVM, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, Hill Start Assist and cornering brake control, among a long list. The XUV300 comes with a choice of petrol or diesel engine.

Tata Altroz

Tata Altroz ​​is also the proud owner of 5 stars from Global NCAP with a score of 16.13 points out of a maximum of 17. For child occupancy, the Altroz ​​scores a lower 29 out of 49, but still a modest three stars . In a 64 km/h crash speed test, the body of the Altroz ​​remained stable and both the driver and passenger had adequate chest and shin protection. The tested model is equipped with dual front airbags, four-channel ABS, belt tensioners and ISOFIX child seat mountings.

Other safety equipment on the Tata Altroz ​​includes electronic brake force distribution, reversing camera and rear sensors, voice alerts for seat belts and open doors, as well as a tire pressure monitoring system. As for powertrain options, the Altroz ​​has a choice of three engine options: the 1.2-litre petrol engine that delivers 86 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 113 Nm of torque at 3,300 rpm, a 1.5-litre turbo diesel that delivers 90 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque between 1,250 and 3,000 rpm, and finally a 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine that pumps out 110 hp maximum power at 5,500 rpm and 140 Nm of peak torque between 1,500 and 5,500 rpm.

Mahindra XUV700

Mahindra XUV700 | 5 stars | The Mahindra XUV700 gets five stars when used by adults, but its score of 16.03 points out of 17 is just a little shy of the Tata Altroz; the XUV700 also scores 41.66 out of 49 when it comes to child safety, making it the best yet and earning it a four-star rating. The XUV700 model tested comes with dual airbags; however, the top version comes with seven airbags, including curtain airbags and for the driver’s knees. According to the rating agency, the XUV700 was tested at 64 km/h and the bodywork remained stable with the ability to withstand further loads. The overall safety of the driver and passenger remained good with adequate protection of the shins. The top-spec XUV700 comes with a number of safety technologies, including ADAS, or Advanced Driver Assistance System. This system gives it autonomous capabilities such as automatic emergency braking, front collision warning, lane assistant, smart pilot assistant and driver drowsiness detection. The Mahindra XUV700 is powered by a petrol or diesel engine. The 2-litre turbo petrol delivers 197 hp power and 380 Nm of torque. However, the 2.2-litre diesel comes in two positions. One delivers 152 hp power and 360 Nm of torque. The higher tuned diesel delivers 182 hp maximum power and 420 Nm of torque when paired with a manual transmission and 450 Nm of torque when paired with the automatic. Speaking of transmission options, the SUV is available with a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Prices for the Mahindra XUV700 start at Rs 13.18 lakh, ex-showroom. (Image: Mahindra)

Tata Nexon

The last Indian car on this list is the Tata Nexon with a full 5-star safety rating by Global NCAP and with a score of 16.06 points. In terms of child safety, the mini SUV scores three stars with 25 points out of the maximum of 49 points. Again, the bodywork remained stable during the 64 km/h crash test and both driver and passenger received adequate protection in the chest and shin. The model tested had dual front airbags, ISOFIX anchors, seatbelt pretensioners and four-channel ABS.

However, the top-spec Nexon also gets a full suite of electronic stability programs such as traction control, rollover mitigation, hill hold and emergency brake assist, along with iRA-connected automotive technology that adds a crash warning and diagnostics report. Powering the Tata Nexon is the choice between a petrol and a diesel engine, both with turbocharger.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

The Toyota Urban Cruiser has a respectable 4-star safety rating from the worldwide NCAP with a score of 13.52 points from the maximum of 17. The model was tested at 64 km/h and while the passenger received generally good protection, the the right knee has only marginal protection. The driver, on the other hand, gets adequate protection in the chest and shin, but only marginal protection in the knees. Child protection receives three stars with a total score of 36.68 km/h. The tested Urban Cruiser model is equipped as standard with dual airbags, ABS with EBD, belt tensioners and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The bodywork remained stable in the impact and was judged to be capable of withstanding further loads. The Urban Cruiser still comes with a decent array of safety technologies such as high speed warning buzzer, hill hold, speed sensitive door locks, day and night IRVM, rear parking camera and others.

Honda City

The first sedan to make its way onto this coveted list is the Honda City with a 4-star rating. It has an overall score of 12.03 out of 17 points, with the test data showing that the driver receives marginal protection for the chest and knees and adequate protection for the right shin and feet. Child safety is rated 4 stars with a score of 38.27 points out of 49. The City was tested at the standard 64 km/h and the bodywork was rated as unstable and unable to continue loading. The model has been tested with two airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors and ABS with EBD which comes standard. Other safety technology includes day and night IVRM, high speed warning, ajar warning and rear parking sensors with reversing camera.

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