Maruti S-Presso and all-new Mahindra Thar have been recently tested at G-NCAP. Here's why they scored different ratings.
Ever since the Global NCAP’s crash test ratings have become an important consideration while buying a car, questions are being raised every time a new car is put to test. The not for profit organization recently tested two Indian cars – Mahindra Thar and Maruti S-Presso. While the former scored a 4-star crash test rating, the latter managed to bag none. The difference between the safety ratings of these two cars is evident. Therefore, inquisitive souls have been trying to find out the reason behind this wide gap. Well, there are many. Also, the indigenous carmaker – Mahindra, has made a smart move while the new-gen Thar was tested.
The Maruti S-Presso that was put to test, it was the base-spec trim of the car, which comes fitted with a driver-side airbag only. Moreover, it lacked safety features like seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters, ISOFIX child seat mounts, and front passenger-side airbag. Although, all of these safety aids are offered on the base trim of the S-Presso as optional extras.
Mahindra Thar, on the other hand, was launched in three trim options – AX, AX(O), and LX. The base-spec AX trim came fitted with dual front airbags and seat belt pre-tensioners and load limiters. But, it missed out on a roll cage, rear seat belts, and ISOFIX child seat mounts. All of it was available on the AX(O) trim. Therefore, Mahindra removed the AX trim from the Thar’s brochure and website. Moreover, the new-gen Thar was tested in its top-spec avatar.
Hence it can be concluded, that if the base-spec Mahindra Thar was sent for the testing purposes, it wouldn’t have performed this good. The same can be said for the Maruti S-Presso as well. If the top-spec trim of the S-Presso was sent to the test rig, the results would’ve been different for sure. However, by pulling the entry-level trim off the charts, Mahindra has raised the entry point of the all-new Thar. Also, with this comparison, it is evident that Global NCAP does not necessarily tests the base models of a car.