India's First Three Cars To Get 5-Star Safety Rating At Global NCAP Test

by IndianAuto Team | 03/04/2020
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Global NCAP is the world renown organisation that promotes car safety. By far, Indian market has recognized three vehicles to receive maximum five-star rating.

What is the Global NCAP Safety Rating?

Global New Car Assessment Program or Global NCAP is a safety rating program built to promote the application of UN’s safety standards for vehicles across the globe. In India, Global NCAP first attracted attention from Indian audience at the Delhi Motor Show 2014 where it conducted safety testing on 5 Indian cars including Tata Nano, Maruti Alto 800, Hyundai i10, Ford Figo and Volkswagen Polo. All of these cars had failed miserably at the test with zero-star rating, which ringed alarm to Indian buyers about car safety. After the startling beginning, the Global NCAP has expanded test across other popular models in the market at that time such as Renault Kwid, Celerio, Mahindra Scorpio but none of them can score higher than the zero rating.

Global NCAP has initiated the #SaferCarsForIndia campaign in order to raise the public awareness and demand automobile industry to enhance vehicle safety. Fast forward to the present, the automobile industry has paid more attention to improving safety technologies. However, only a few can really mark a substantial enhancement. Over 35 cars from 26 car brands tested in India, there are still a huge number of 19 cars receiving the upsetting zero score. Only 3 Indian cars by far can get the highest score at the Global NCAP test, including Tata Nexon, Tata Altroz and Mahindra XUV300.

5-Star Safety Rating Cars In India 

Back in 2018, Tata Nexon has become the first Indian car to get the full-star rating at the Global NCAP crash testing. Following the Tata Nexon, Tata Altroz which was recently-launched all-new premium hatchback has gained the maximum rating at the Global NCAP test. Previously, the Mahindra XU300 was the third car to join the full-star safety rating club in India.

Tata Nexon

Tata Nexon is competing in the hottest space in the market, the compact SUV segment. After making the history of becoming the first India car to receive full star rating in GNCAP standard, the Nexon has earned an edge over other competitors in its class. It is worth mentioning that the SUV is entirely engineered in India, which is a positive note for our automobile industry.

Tata Nexon front end

Tata Nexon is the first India cars ever to get five stars at Global NCAP test

At the Global NCAP test, the Nexon has scored 16.06 points out of 17 points in terms of adult protection, which is equal to five-star rating. As for child safety, the SUV gets three stars with 25/49 points. The overall safety rating is five-star, making it the first Indian car to achieve this.

Tata Nexon is available with various advanced features as follow:

  • ABS with EBD

  • ISOFIX child seat mounts

  • Reverse parking camera

  • Dual front airbags

  • ESP

  • Electronic Traction Control

  • EBA (Emergency Braking Assist)

  • Hill Hold Assist

On the standard version, Tata Nexon will provide a wide range of safety features including ABS with BED, airbags for driver and co-driver, front seat belt reminder, reserve parking assist, ISOX mounts, height-adjustable seat belts with pre-tensioner, load-limiter and crash-locking tongue. Additionally, Tata Motors also built this SUV with a high-strength steel structure that efficiently absorbs impact energy.

Tata Altroz

Following the footstep of its predecessor, Tata Altroz is the second car in India to gain 5-star rating at Global NCAP, making Tata the only car manufacturer in our market to get 2 full-star safety-rating cars. It is also the only hatchback in the market to get maximum Global NCAP rating. Similarly to the Nexon, the Altroz is proudly engineered in India. As per Tata’s report, the Altroz receive five-star and three-star rating for adult occupant and child occupant protection respectively.

tata altroz three quarter

Tata Altroz is the first hatchback to achieve the full-star safety rating

The test result indicates good protection for adult occupants with 16.13 score out of the maximum 17 scores. Global NCAP revealed that stable structure with good protection for the leg, head, and neck of the adult occupants. Chest and calf protection for adult occupants at front seats are remarked as adequate. For child occupant protection, the Tata Altroz attains 29 scores out of 49 scores, which is higher than the Nexon by 4 points.

In terms of safety features, the premium hatchback is equipped with the standard functions as dual front airbags, ABS with EBDm seatbelt reminder, rear parking sensors, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. On top-spec variants, Tata Altroz will receive the following features:

  • ABS with EBD

  • Reserve Parking Camera

  • ISOFIX Child seat mounts

  • Dual Front Airbags

  • Corner Stability Control

  • Voice Alerts

  • Parking Assistance

  • Height Adjustable Seat Belt

Mahindra XUV300

The XUV300 is the latest car to entre the 5-star Global NCAP safety rating line-up. It is also the first car from the homegrown carmaker to reach this level of vehicle safety.

mahindra xuv 300 three quartern

Mahindra XUV300 is the first car to receive the Safer Choice Award

Mahindra XUV300 achieves the highest combined score at the Global NCAP test. It receives five stars for adult protection. What makes this SUV distinctive from the other two vehicles is its four-star rating for child occupant protection. In addition to the full rating, this SUV also wins the Safer Choice Award as the recognition of its excellent safety protection. To be eligible for the award, the car must meet certain standards. It must attain full star adult protection rating and a minimum four-star rating for child occupant safety. Additionally, it should provide features like ESC (electronic stability control) as standard or offer it as an add-on. Complying Pedestrian Protection standard is also a must.

On the base variant, Mahindra XUV300 is offered with dual front airbags, ABS, cornering braking control, ISOFIX child seat mounts and more. On higher variants, the XUV300 is available with some safety features as following:

  •  7 Airbags

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP)

  • Hill Start Assist

  • ABS with EBD

  • Corner Braking Control

  • ISOFIX Child Seat Mounts

  • Front Parking Sensors

  • Heated ORVMs

  • Full-Disc Brakes

  • Rear Parking Camera with Dynamic Assist

Apart from the 3 full-star rating vehicles, there are also some other cars that receive four-star rating like Tata Tigor, Tata Tiago, Mahindra Marazzo, Maruti Brezza and Honda City.

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