Vehicles on the Indian roads are always on the rise. And this leads to an increase in the risk of accidents, the ugly truth. Now, to save you from the impact the carmaker in India thoroughly engineer the cars for many aspects, safety is one of them. And for some carmaker like Tata, it is the sole dream of making safer cars for India.
With that out of the way, there are cars in the Indian market that are also sold abroad. This encourages us to think, whether the cars sold abroad are safer? or are the ones in India similar to that of the cars sold overseas? Let’s answer the question.
Before answering the question, we’d like to tell you that the crash test ratings of the Indian cars are from Global NCAP whereas the cars sold overseas are sourced either from Euro NCAP or ASEAN NCAP. Moreover, we are aware that the testing norms of the NCAP of different places vary. But still, after compiling the data, we can have a glimpse of the particular vehicle’s safety ratings.
Hyundai Grand i10 Nios- 2 Stars (GNCAP) | 3 Stars (ENCAP)
The Korean carmaker, Hyundai has firm grounds in many parts of Asia. That said, one of the cars that are sold in almost all the markets is the Grand i10 Nios also known as i10 in many countries. Well, this car scored a below-average 2-star rating in Global NCAP. On the contrary, the car that is sold in the International market for an average 3-star crash test rating.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga- 3 stars (GNCAP) | 4 stars (ANCAP)
The next vehicle that the Indian market and international automotive market share is the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. Also, in the marker abroad, the vehicle is Suzuki Ertiga. The one manufactured in India gets an average 3-star rating in the Global NCAP crash test. But, the one that is made outside India scored 4 stars in the ASEAN NCAP.
Maruti Suzuki Swift- 2 stars (GNCAP) | 4 stars (ENCAP)
Another vehicle to co-exist in India as well as in the international market is the Maruti Suzuki Swift. This hatchback is super common in European markets as well. That said, the Indian Swift with dual front airbags scored a poor 2-star rating in the Global NCAP. Sitting opposite to this vehicle is the one that is manufactured in Europe that scored an impressive 4-star rating in Euro NCAP.
Volkswagen Polo- 4 stars (GNCAP) | 5 stars (ENCAP)
One of the favourite cars in the Indian car community is Volkswagen Polo. And we are happy to report that with being a sport, it also is safe. That said, it’s been a really long time that this hatchback is in the Indian market. But despite being old, it does not compromise inbuilt quality and performance.
Volkswagen Polo in India scored an impressive 4-star rating in the Global NCAP. Whereas this hatch did manage a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP. Also, one needs to know that the car tested in the ENCAP was the one sold in the international market.
Mahindra XUV300- 5 stars (GNCAP) | 4 stars (ENCAP)*
Usually, the cars sold in the Indian market have to compromise on safety or features. But when it comes to the Mahindra XUV300, it’s the other way round. Mahindra XUV300 is also considered India’s safest car. An interesting fact, Mahindra XUV300 is based on the Ssangyong Tivoli and borrows almost everything from the vehicle.
So, we choose to take Tivoli as the reference for the vehicle in the International market. That said, Mahindra XUV300 scored a full 5-star rating in Global NCAP. On the contrary, Tivoli only managed to get a 4-star rating in Euro NCAP
Hyundai Veune- 3 stars* (GNCAP) | 4 stars (ANCAP)
The only car on the list which is not yet tested at the Global NCAP facility is the Hyundai Venue. But a thing to note is that the Hyundai Venue and Kia Seltos share the same platform.
Therefore, based on the same underpinning we assume that the Venue might get the same rating in the Global NCAP as the Seltos i.e 3 stars. On the contrary, this sub-compact Subcompact SUV made and sold in the International maker scored an appreciating 4-star rating.
Renault Duster- 3 stars (GNCAP) | 3 stars (ENCAP)
Renault Duster was among the first compact SUV in the Indian market. And this vehicle was an instant hit when it came to our shores. Again, Renault Duster in India has been a part of the maker for a long time but didn’t get considerable changes over the years. It is still available with just a powerful engine. Being a thing of the past, the vehicle sits a little low when it comes to safety.
With only having 2 airbags, the vehicle manages to score a 3-star rating in the Global NCAP. Also, this is the one that is made and sold in India. Renault Duster that is a part of the international market also scored a 3-star rating in the Euro NCAP.
Kia Seltos– 3 stars (GNCAP) | 5 stars (ANCAP)
The compact SUV from the Korean carmaker Kia did have a deep impact on the Indian market when it was launched back in 2019. It was the first vehicle from the carmaker, Kia. Additionally, it gave its rivals a run for the money as it had a ton of first in class features.
But there was one thing that was unseen, yes the crash test rating. Last year, India bound Kia Seltos was tested at the Global NCAP facility and it managed to score 3 stars. But the Seltos that is a part of the International market scored full 5 stars in the ASEAN NCAP.
Renault Lodgy- 0 stars (GNCAP) | 3 stars (ENCAP)
There are cars running on the road that are available in the used car market but not in the new car market. One of them is the Nissan Lodgy. The MPV was an attempt by Nissan to conquer Ertiga’s market but it didn’t go quite well.
Although when the vehicle was available as new, it scored a disappointing rating of 0 stars in Global NCAP. But, the one that was sold in the European market, managed to get a decent 3-star rating in the Euro NCAP.
Toyota Etios- 4 stars (GNCAP) | 4 stars (Latin NCAP)
Another vehicle that is available in the used car market and can be a great deal is the Toyota Etios. In its prime time, Etios was one of the best selling vehicles from Toyota. But an interesting fact to note is that Toyota Etios managed to score an impressive 4-star rating in the Global NCAP. Also, when the international spec car was tested at the Latin NCAP it also scored 4 stars.
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