So, here is the list of the top 5 safest cars to buy in India, and it is also worth mentioning that all five cars in this list are manufactured by Indian automakers.
First up on this list is the Tata Punch. It is a micro SUV manufactured by Tata Motors and it is currently the safest car in India with 16.45 points out of 17 for adult protection and a safety rating of 5 stars from the Global-NCAP.
Diving into other details, the micro SUV also scored 40.89 out of 49 child protection points. The new Tata Punch is powered by a 3-cylinder, 1.2L Revotron petrol engine with 84.5 hp peak power and 113 Nm peak torque.
Also, the Tata Punch SUV comes with a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed AMT transmission. Moreover, the prices for the Tata Punch start from Rs 5.82 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
The Mahindra XUV300 is the second safest vehicle on this list with an adult protection score of 16.42 points out of 17. In addition, the SUV under 4 meters has an excellent score of 37.44 points for child protection.
Overall, the Mahindra XUV300 has been awarded a 5-star rating for adult protection and a 4-star rating for child protection from the Global-NCAP. In addition, the SUV is powered by two engine options. The petrol engine is a 1.2-litre turbo engine with 110 hp and 200 Nm of torque, while the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre powertrain with 115 hp and 300 Nm of torque.
The Mahindra XUV300 is available in 4 trim levels and the prices for the Mahindra XUV300 start from Rs 8.41 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
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.
The Tata Altroz comes with 3 different engine options. The 1.2-litre naturally aspirated Revotron petrol engine is identical to that in the Tata Punch, and the more powerful 1.2-litre turbocharged variant delivers 108.5 PS and 140 Nm of torque. Finally, the 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 88.78 hp and 200 Nm of torque.
In addition, the gearbox options are a 5-speed manual and a 7-speed DCT. However, the DCT unit is only available with the 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. Prices for Tata Altroz start from Rs 6.20 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Tata Nexon is the first five-star car manufactured by an Indian automaker and the SUV can be credited with starting the trend of producing safer cars in India. However, it is no longer the safest car, thanks to newer and safer cars in the Indian car market.
The SUV has been awarded a 5-star rating for adult occupant protection from Global-NCAP with a score of 16.06, while the SUV was only able to achieve a 3-star rating for child occupant protection with a score of 25 points.
The Tata Nexon is powered by two engine options. The turbocharged 1.2-litre petrol engine delivers 118 hp and 170 Nm of torque, while the diesel engine is a 1.5-litre engine with 108 hp and 260 Nm of peak torque. The Tata Nexon range is priced from Rs 7.54 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Mahindra XUV700 is the only 7-seat vehicle on this list to achieve a respectable 5-star safety rating from Global-NCAP. In fact, Mahindra’s SUV scored a commendable 41.66 points for child protection and 16.03 points for adult protection from Global-NCAP, making it the safest 7-seater SUV in India.
The Mahindra XUV700 comes with 3 engine options: a petrol engine and two diesel engines. In addition, the gearbox options are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic that can be fitted with both petrol and diesel engines.
The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with an output of 197 hp and a torque of 380 Nm. Both diesel engines are turbocharged 2.2-litre engines, but the more powerful version delivers 182 hp and 450 Nm of torque, while the diesel engine in the base version delivers 153 hp and 360 Nm of torque. Prices for the new Mahindra XUV700 range will start from Rs 13.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
Thoughts on the 5 Safest Vehicles in India
It is clear from this list that Indian car manufacturers have reached the global standards of car manufacturing in terms of safety. In addition, we expect these vehicles to further raise safety standards in Indian automotive safety.