Buying a new vehicle is no less than a festival in India. Potential customers have a long list of requirements that help them with the purchase of a new vehicle. That said, not so long ago, people valued fuel economy and feature over anything else. But I’m happy to tell you that things are changing, and they are changing for good. The creature’s comforts and other things have become secondary, and vehicle safety has been slowly eating away the brains of car buyers. Which is a good thing, isn’t it?
Additionally, because of the rising awareness for #SafercarsforIndia, car manufacturers and the Indian government has stepped forward to make car travel even safer. So, here we have coagulated a list of 10 cars in the Indian market that we didn’t expect to have over the top Global NCAP crash test rating.
Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza / Toyota Urban Cruiser (4-stars)
Safety and Maruti Suzuki were something that no one could anticipate will go hand and hand. But having a sub Rs. 10 Lakh price tag, it is among the safest subcompact SUVs you can buy in the market right now. Also, the next generation of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is just around the corner.
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In the crash test, Brezza managed to score an exciting 4-star rating. This means, that it got 12.51 out of 17.0 in adult occupancy. Sadly, it only got 2 stars for child occupancy. Well, that is because of the missing child seat anchor points, which the company has addressed. More importantly, the bodyshell integrity was claimed to be stable.
Honda City 4th Gen (4-stars)
Next is the vehicle from another Japanese carmaker Honda City 4th Gen. Now, if the 5th gen Honda City is out in India, why are we talking about 4th gen? Well, Honda did launch the next-generation Honda City, but it didn’t pull the plug on the 4th gen.
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So, back to the important part. Overall, this Honda City managed to get a 4-star rating in both, adult occupancy as well as child occupancy. However, the bodyshell of the vehicle was deemed to be unstable and could not withstand further loads.
Honda Jazz (4-stars)
Along with Honda City, Global NCAP also tested their only hatchback in India, Honda Jazz. And the good news is that for Jazz too the results are exciting. Jazz scored even more than Honda City for the adult occupancy and managed to get a 4-star rating.
Nevertheless, it lackes rear seat safety and got a rather average 3-star rating. What is interesting to note is that the bodyshell integrity of the hatchback was termed to be stable and could withstand further loads. +2 over Honda City here.
Nissan Magnite (4-stars)
Did you know Nissan Magnite under the hood shares a similar platform as Renault Kwid? Kwid comes with the CMF-A platform, and the Magnite underpins the CMF-A+ platform. Now it was evident to expect a poor rating for Magnite. But the subcompact SUV from Nissan got a rather impressive 4-star rating in the Global NCAP.
Nissan Magnite’s scores are better than some of the cars in the class above (Let us know in the comment section which vehicle we are talking about here). In the child occupancy, the score dropped to 2 stars. But the bodyshell was stable, which is ultimate for the price at which it is available.
Renault Kiger (4-stars)
Up next is the subcompact SUV that shares it platform with the Magnite, Renault Kiger. Kiger comes with the exact same platform underneath, i.e. CMF-A+. This is evident as both the vehicles scored a similar rating of 4 stars with the score not having a major difference.
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Nevertheless, it is the Renault Kiger that secured a little better score in adult occupancy over the Nissan Maghnite. But the bodyshell integrity of the Kiger was marked as unstable.
Tata Punch (5-stars)
Tata knows precisely how to make safer cars for India when it comes to vehicle safety. Its vehicle lineup says it all. As of now, Tata Punch is the safest vehicle in Tata’s portfolio. This is because managed to score an astonishingly higher number and not just a 5-star rating.
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With that, Tata is also the safest vehicle under Rs. 10 Lakh. Tata Punch got a score of 16.45 out of 17 in adult occupancy and 40.89 out of 19 in child occupancy. And the bodyshell integrity came out to be stable, which is great for such a car size.
Tata Tigor EV (4-stars)
With electric vehicles gaining pace in the Indian market, what is better than an electric vehicle scoring a 4-star rating in the Global NCAP. Tata Tigor is only the savest made in India electric vehicle, it is also India’s first battery electric vehicle to be tested at the Global NCAP facility.
Diving into detail, Tata Tigor EV scored a max rating of 4 stars in adult and child seat occupancy. However, the downer is that the bodyshell integrity came out to be unstable.
Tata Tiago (4-stars)
Based on the Tata’s Tata X0 platform, Tiago is currently the safest hatchback in the Indian automotive market. Being a hatchback, safety is now what one could anticipate with Tiago; overcoming that, Tata Tiago scored a rather satisfying 4-star rating in the adult occupancy.
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Although Tiago was not directly tested, it was the Tigor. However, the company claims that there is no difference in the front section of the vehicle leading it to a similar crash test rating. For the child occupancy, Tiago/Tigor scored a 3-star rating in the test. Also, the bodyshell integrity was deemed to be unstable.
Renault Triber (4-stars)
Moving on, the next vehicle to impress us with an unexpected crash test rating is the Renault Triber. Triber is India’s most affordable MPV with the exit of Datsun in India. Additionally, it is also the safest made in India MPV tested by Global NCAP.
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In the crash test, Triber got a rating of 4 stars in the adult occupancy and 3 in the child seat occupancy. Like the other Renault based on CMF-A+ platform, Global NCAP claimed the bodyshell integrity of Tiber to be unstable.
Mahindra Thar (4-stars)
There aren’t many offroad vehicles on sale in India these days and one of the affordable off-road SUVs is the Mahindra Thar. Some time ago, the Indian carmaker Mahindra thoroughly updated the Thar to be used as a daily driver. We are happy to report that they have nailed it, not just in features and comfort bus also in safety.
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Driving potential buyers to Mahindra’s showroom for Thar 4-star rated in adult occupancy and also in child seat occupancy. Also, if you didn’t know, this was the sole reason for discontinuing the 6 seater variant of Mahindra Thar. In the end, Mahindra Thar also got the bodyshell integrity to be stable and could withstand further loads.
Although there are many other cars in the Indin market with 4 and 5-star ratings in the Global NCAP. However, these are the 10 for which the crash test rating came out to be a surprise, and we didn’t expect them in the first place.
Well, let us know in the comments for which vehicle you found the crash test rating to be surprising?