If passenger safety is a part of your purchasing decision, here’s a handy list of the safest cars for sale in India. Global NCAP, the car safety program that ranks cars according to their safety, has released a list of Indian cars it has evaluated over the years. Indian car makers have been trying to live up to expectations of more safety technology in their vehicles, which has led to an increase in the safety standards of the average car in India.
Safest cars in India
While driving safely and following all traffic rules is an integral part of avoiding such incidents, the car you drive also determines the outcome when such accidents are unavoidable. Buying the safest cars in India is therefore one of the crucial factors to follow when choosing a vehicle.
But how do you quantify safety in cars?
Well, it can be done easily thanks to a specific rating system known as NCAP or New Car Assessment Program. Here is the list of the 10 safest cars in India with the best safety ratings according to the Global NCAP standards.
What is the NCAP rating and its importance?
The NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) was founded in 1978 in the US. Before we get into the details of assessing a vehicle for safety.
The Global NCAP test appears to simulate a frontal collision between two cars. The vehicle under test maintains a speed of 64 km per hour and is driven against a deformable wall, which is comparable in weight to the tested model.
However, the Indian authorities follow slightly different regulations when it comes to car accident testing.
#IndiaAt75 ➡️India’s Top 5 Cars That Passed @GlobalNCAP crash test (5 stars)
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– Mahindra XUV300 https://t.co/sSM1DEsYMj
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– Tata Nexon https://t.co/s8av2FtCO3 pic.twitter.com/rBzxZE1h6g
— Autocar Professional (@autocarpro) August 15, 2022
Instead of maintaining a speed of 64 km/h, the front-offset test in India is limited to a speed of only 56 km/h, meaning that some cars can be high in safety according to the Indian government’s safety tests. are ranked, but still do not score highly in the NCAP tests.
Top 10 Safest Cars in India by NCAP Rating
Notable about the list is that Indian auto majors Tata Motors and Mahindra & Mahindra dominate the Top 10, but the list also includes Renault, Nissan, Toyota and Honda.
1. Tata Punch – 5 stars
The Tata Punch is one of the safest cars in India. It received five stars for adult occupant protection and four stars for child protection in Global NCAP’s most recent crash tests. 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 Tata Punch has been tested to the most basic of safety specifications, equipped with two airbags, ABS brakes and ISOFIX anchorages. The Punch can be improved by equipping the model with standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC), standard side protection systems for the head and three-point seat belts in all seating positions.
It is important to reiterate Tata’s decision to install both passenger and rear-facing children, demonstrating that this position offers the best safety option, as both child dummies received good protection. The Punch was tested in accordance with the requirements of Global NCAP’s voluntary testing procedure.
2. Mahindra XUV300 – 5 stars
Mahindra XUV300 is the second safest car in India and scores a solid 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test in Africa. It scored 16.42 out of 17 points for adult safety and 37.44 out of 49 points for child safety.
According to the rating agency, the bodywork remained stable and the front passenger received good general protection.
3. Tata Altroz - 5 stars
Tata Altroz is currently the safest hatchback in the country with a 5-star safety rating for adult occupant protection and a 4-star safety rating for child occupant protection from Global-NCAP. To achieve this, Tata Altroz scored 16.13 points for adult safety and 29 points for child safety in the Global-NCAP.
4. Mahindra XUV700 – 5 stars
The Mahindra XUV700 has received the ‘Safer Choice’ award from Global NCAP. The SUV was crash tested last November and achieved a full 5-star rating for adult occupant protection and four stars for child protection in the appeal.
5. Tata Nexon – 5 stars
Tata Nexon impressed everyone with a 5-star safety rating in August 2018, but the compact SUV impressed everyone with a full 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests under the #safercarsforindia initiative. The Nexon scored 16.06 out of 17 points in the adult occupant protection category, becoming India’s first-ever car to achieve a full 5-star rating in these tests.
6. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 4 stars
The Toyota Urban Cruiser achieved a 4-star rating for adult occupant protection and 3 stars for child occupant protection in the Global NCAP crash test. The Urban Cruiser scored 13.52 points out of a total of 17 points for adult occupant safety.
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. It is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine that delivers maximum power of 105 hp at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm.
7. Honda City – 4 stars
In comparison, the fourth-generation Honda City with only 2 airbags is the only Indian vehicle to be tested by Global-NCAP in 2022 and achieve a safety rating of 4 stars.
The City was tested at a speed of 64 km/h and the body was judged to be 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.
8. Honda Jazz – 4 stars
The Honda Jazz has been awarded a 4-star safety rating by Global NCAP. The car scored 13.89 points for adult occupant protection and 31.54 points for child safety.
According to the test report, the Jazz provided good head and neck protection for the front occupants. The driver’s chest showed adequate protection and the passenger’s chest was well protected. The knees of the driver and passenger showed marginal protection. The driver’s shin showed adequate protection, while the passenger’s shin showed adequate and good protection. The body and legroom were judged to be stable.
9. Nissan Magnite – 4 stars
Another Japanese manufacturer to make the list is Nissan, with its Magnite scoring four stars. The SUV received 11.85 out of 17 points for adult occupant safety, but 24.88 points for child safety, giving it a rating of only two stars.
The car provided good head and neck protection for the front passenger, but the driver’s chest protection was rated as weak.
10. Renault Kiger – 4 stars
Launched in March 2021, the Renault Kiger is a mechanical twin of the Nissan Magnite. Like its brother, even the Kiger has a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP, thanks in large part to its rugged construction and world-class CMFA platform. It scored 12.34 points for adult occupant safety and 21.05 points for child safety from the maximum of 49.
Despite this, the front passenger received adequate protection for the chest and right shin and marginal protection for the left knee, while the rest received good protection throughout. The driver gets adequate protection for the shin and marginal protection in the chest and knees.
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