As part of the Safer Cars For India project, the Global NCAP has evaluated more than 30 made-in-India vehicles till now. In this post, we tell about the Top 5 Safest Cars In India As Per NCAP, which include models like the Tata Nexon and Maruti Vitara Brezza
It has been more than four decades since the first New Car Assessment Programme was launched to evaluate the level of safety in vehicles. In a bid to raise people’s awareness about car safety in India, Global NCAP’s Safer Cars For India campaign has been introduced since 2014. Over times, the trustworthy organization has tested over 30 mass-market cars that have been produced and sold across India. With the increasing number of made-in-India cars going through the Global NCAP’s safety tests, we’ve worked out the list of 5 following cars that managed to scale to the highest of the car safety rankings. Read on for details on the Top 5 Safest Cars In India As Per NCAP
Yes, we’re talking about Tata’s popular compact SUV, the Tata Nexon, which is the first and the only made-in-India car to be awarded a 5-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test until date. Of all the vehicles mentioned in the list, Tata Nexon seems to be the youngest that have given it a definite advantage over all other models to keep the parameter of safety as a top priority right from the word go. Thankfully, the results have obviously worked in favour of the Tata Nexon since it’s the first-ever India-made car till date to achieve maximum points for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection. However, things never go perfectly from day one. Tata Nexon initially got a 4-star rating from Global NCAP’s test for Adult (13.56/17) and a 3-star rating for child occupancy only. In order to achieve 5 stars in Adult Occupancy, the carmaker has massively upgraded the Nexon with more essential features like dual-front airbags, seatbelt reminder for driver and co-driver, ABS, ISOFIX seats, etc. and they bear fruit, finally.
The second model in the list of Top 5 Safest Cars In India As Per NCAP is the VW Polo. Being one of the first manufactured-in-India cars to come under the scanner of Global NCAP’s safety ratings, the VW Polo with no airbags at that time had to taste the bitterness. The first Polo went through the test had been rated zero stars for Adult Occupancy- that’s it, quite a disappointment for the automaker from German. Yet the updated version of Polo with two dual airbags ultimately managed to earn a commendable rating of 4 stars in the safety stakes. Both the two versions were rated 3 stars for Child Occupant Protection but the latter achieved a tag higher with 29.91/49 points as against the 26.97/49 points of the one without airbags. Remember, the made-in-India Polo hatchback was tested back in 2014 when none of the variants was even offered with ABS, seatbelt reminders and ISOFIX child-seat anchorage as standard.
However, things have changed for better now as all the variants of the Polo now feature enough standard car safety devices like dual-front airbags and ABS. The range-topping Polo GT TSI even gets ESC, traction control, hill-hold assist among others in addition.
The next model in our list of Top 5 Safest Cars In India As Per NCAP is the Mahindra Marazzo, an MPV that caters to the demands of urban buyers. Since it would be a premium MPV for urban customers, Mahindra has tried very hard to make it a safe car for Indian enthusiasts. Then the Marazzo did far better than other people movers in the segment such as the Chevrolet Enjoy or Renault Lodgy as it performed pretty well in the safety tests. Thanks to a range of safety features like seatbelt reminder for driver, front seatbelt pre-tensioners, ABS, dual front airbags, and ISOFIX child seats mounts across the variants, the Marazzo successfully gained 4/5 stars (12.85/17) for the Adult section in NCAP’s crash test and two stars (22.22/49) for Child protection.
No 4: Maruti Vitara Brezza – 4/5
There’s plenty of reasons behind the success story of the Maruti Vitara Brezza, and one of them is about its certain level of safety it gets to offer. During the days when Maruti Suzuki was being largely criticized for producing lightweight vehicles, which is, says, believed to be a deterrent for car safety by the masses, the Vitara Brezza showed up and proved the perception wrong. It is completely one of the safest cars in the SUV segment since it managed to provide adequate protection for Adult with the total points of 12.51 out of 17 in the crash tests. However, the subcompact SUV fared poorly when it came to the child occupant protection with a 2-star rating merely (17.93/49).
As per the Global NCAP’s test result, the ISOFIX child seat mounts of the Vitara Brezza failed to meet the safety protocols and the 18-month old dummy was suffering from injuries to head and shoulders in the test. Despite that, the overall ratings are commendable. The Maruti Vitara Brezza features a suite of standard safety kits comprising dual front airbags, front seatbelt with pre-tensioners, driver’s seatbelt reminder, ABS, EBD and ISOFIX anchorage.
No 5: Toyota Etios Liva – 4/5
The last model in our list of top 5 safest cars in India as per Global NCAP is the Toyota Etios Liva. Although the Etios Liva is not a highly-acclaimed option in its segment, it still deserved to be named here thanks to the safety quality it offers. The Japanese auto manufacturer, Toyota Motor has been well-known for keeping safety in its priority list and the Toyota Etios Liva is a typical example. The hatchback was tested by Global NCAP in 2016 and became one of the few cars to win 4 stars in Adult Occupancy. However, just like the two earlier models, the Toyota Etios Liva performed poorly in Child Occupancy with 2 stars only (20.02/49). After the test, Toyota has made some further enhancements on the Etios Liva with the inclusion of ABS, EBD and ISOFIX child seat anchorages in addition to the dual front-airbag as standard.