Here, we talk about the crash test safety ratings of the Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon, comparing the different parameters of Global NCAP safety rating tests.
Tata Nexon was the first vehicle by an Indian manufacturer to receive a 5-star adult occupant safety rating in Global NCAP safety tests. By extension of that statement, it was also the safest car in its segment. Now, however, there has been a change in the hierarchy of safety.
Tata Nexon and Mahindra XUV300 Crash Test Safety Rating
Other manufacturers have also decided that their vehicles should uphold international safety standards. Mahindra and Tata are paying a lot of attention to this lately. You might already be aware that Mahindra’s subcompact offering has recently earned the title of “safest car in India”! Tata had previously laid claim to the title for the Altroz, which was crash tested mere days before the XUV300. The Tata hatchback had scored better than the Nexon, although XUV300 beats it by a small margin.
Tata Nexon Crash Test by Global NCAP
You might be wondering, how can the XUV300 be safer than the Nexon (or Altroz) if both of them are rated 5-star? Well, that’s because the 5-star rating is in a single category – Adult occupant safety. There is another important parameter that plays into the final rating – Child occupant safety. Here, we shall be discussing both these angles and how they are considered by GNCAP.
NOTE: The 2020 Tata Nexon (facelift) has not been crash-tested yet. All the scores discussed are for the pre-facelift Nexon.
Mahindra XUV300 Crash Test by Global NCAP
Adult Safety Rating: This parameter has a total score of 17, out of which Tata Nexon scores 16.06, thus securing a 5-star rating. The Mahindra XUV300 fares a little better here, scoring 16.42 out of 17. The body shell of both cars was reported to be stable.
Child Safety Rating: The maximum achievable score here is 49. Out of this, the Nexon manages a total of 25. With a near-half score, the Nexon is only good for a 3-star rating. Here we see the XUV300 take the lead, scoring significantly higher, at 37.44. This helps the Mahindra bag a 4-star rating, becoming the only car by an Indian manufacturer to do that yet.
The Global NCAP safety rating report of the Mahindra XUV300 is quite recent, having been published in February 2020. The same for the Tata Nexon was published back in 2018. It now remains to be seen if the 2020 model (the facelifted version) would be able to take back its crown from the little Mahindra SUV, or if the XUV will reign supreme in this segment.