SUVs have been seizing the market for a long time now. The segment is only growing with more & fierce competition with better power & technology. Safety is a factor that Indian buyers have not paid much attention to. Global NCAP has been working on that to help.
As things are changing now, safe cars are in demand. With initiatives such as #SaferCarsForIndia by Global NCAP, things are getting better. Let’s see the safest SUVs available in the Indian market. All of these cars tested had dual front airbags as a standard feature.
The recently launched XUV700 was an instant hit among the people, with more than 65,000 within 14 days. This is the ultimate SUV with the whole package of technology & power. XUV700 was recently crash-tested by Global NCAP, and it scored a 5-star rating. You can also get side curtain airbags and more safety features which are available with particular variants.
XUV700 held Mahindra’s reputation high with an excellent rating, making it worthy of the “ultimate SUV” title. The deliveries have already commenced since late October, and the waiting period has already reached 10 months.
Alejandro Furas, Secretary-General, Global NCAP, said the following:
“Mahindra has achieved a major milestone with this top score for adult protection and by becoming the first Indian made and owned brand to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a safety option. Making this life-saving technology available is an important step in encouraging the widespread fitment of crash avoidance technologies. Mahindra is one of the leading manufacturers in India, committed to improving their vehicles in response to Global NCAP’s call to democratise vehicle safety.”
This is the latest product from Tata, and Punch has already established its place in the segment. This micro-SUV is the best budget pick at the moment with an exceptional package. It tackles bad roads with ease and has first in segment features such as the traction pro mode & brake sway control.
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The engine does lack a feeling of playfulness, but the features & capabilities make up for it. As Tata has the safest cars, Punch is holding up that name with a 5-star rating. Tested by Global NCAP, Punch is one of the safest cars in the market.
The Thar has been around since 2010 and still is the most loved offroader in the country. After a decade, it is more of a legendary icon with a wide audience. The new version was launched in 2020 and already has a waiting period of about a year.
Mahindra Thar scored 4-stars in the Global NCAP crash test. Once again, living up to the reputation of safe cars, this was an excellent rating for it. This makes it one of the best SUVs in India, which you can take anywhere.
XUV300 was launched in 2019, based on the compact SUV Tivoli from Ssangyong. It was able to make a place for itself in the segment with plenty of happy users. It does seem a little pricey with a small boot as compared to the rivals.
But it is still an excellent deal with a punchy engine, plenty of features, and even a sunroof in the top variants. This compact SUV also scored 5-stars in the crash test by Global NCAP.
Nexon has been around since 2017 and has recently been the most selling compact SUV in one of the past few months. It finally crossed the sales of Brezza & Venue to sit on the top for a bit. A dark version of Nexon was also launched recently, limited to the top variants only.
It scored a 5-star rating similar to its siblings. It is again establishing Tata’s lineup with the safest cars in the country. It is also available as an EV.
Maruti Suzuki S-Cross
Launched back in 2015, it sits above the Brezza in the compact SUV segment. S-cross is a little more premium and comfortable with more curvy looks. Despite the average looks, it handles well and has utility features.
It scored 5-stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash test, making it the only car with a total 5-star rating from Maruti Suzuki. Currently, Maruti Suzuki & Toyota are working on a collaborated SUV that could replace S-cross.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
The Vitara series of SUVs came out in 1998, with the Grand Vitara launching in India later on. It was a premium SUV but never caught on & failed due to various reasons. Maruti Suzuki later launched the fourth generation of it as the Vitara Brezza in 2016.
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Brezza was among the most selling cars from Maruti Suzuki, helping them capture the compact SUV segment. It is also among the three safe cars from Maruti with a Global NCAP rating of 4-stars. There is a generation update expected by 2022.