These are 'safe of the safest' cars in India
The term NCAP sands for the ‘New Car Assessment Program’. It is a US government car safety program tasked with evaluating new automobile designs for performance against various safety threats. The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first started the NCAP program in 1979. The Global NCAP started India’s automotive safety movement in 2014. Its 2014 report brought the subject of automotive safety to the front. This resulted in India’s automotive safety testing agencies and car makers started implementing various safety standards/equipment in cars. We bring to you the list of op 10 Cars that passed the Global NCAP crash test.
Furthermore, vehicle safety is a vast area that includes factors such as visibility, anti-rolling qualities, and braking performance. However, global NCAP ratings mainly focus on the results of a crash test which establishes the level of protection a car provides in the event of a crash. Global NCAP has crash-tested as many as 33 Indian cars and the following are the top 10 cars that passed it. The list comprises only those cars that are currently on sale in India.
10. 2nd Generation Maruti Suzuki Ertiga:
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga received an overall score of 3 stars out of 5 in the results of the crash test. It is only one of the two cars which got 3 stars for both adult and child protection in the list of top 10 cars. Furthermore, the car provides marginal protection to the driver’s chest; driver and passenger’s knees and an unstable foot-well are some areas of concern on the Maruti Suzuki Ertiga. The test results also rated the car’s body structure was not capable of withstanding further load.
9. Hyundai i20 (Standard version with two airbags): Global NCAP Crash Test:
Hyundai’s i20 car stood at the 9th position in the list of top 10 cars to pass the crash test. According to the test results, the i20 offers marginal protection to the driver’s chest and knees. Furthermore, The foot-well was rated unstable while the car body shell was considered incapable of handling further loads. So, Hyundai i20 got 3 stars for adult protection and 2 stars for a child.
8. Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza:
Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza was ranked 8th in the list of top 10 cars that passed the Global NCAP crash test 2020. The car scored 4 stars in the occupant safety. Also, its body shell found stable & capable to withstand the forces of impact. However, it got only 2 stars for child protection.
7. Tata Tiago & Tata Tigor:
Tata Motors’ Tiago & Tigor jointly got the 7th position in the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. Both cars received 4 stars for adult protection. However, the results indicated that they have a weak footwell and an unstable body. These cars don’t offer ISOFIX child seat mounts. Yet, they got 3 stars for child protection.
6. Volkswagen Polo: Global NCAP Crash Test:
Volkswagen Polo is one of the oldest cars around. It stood at 6th position in the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. The car received 4 stars for adult occupant safety. Its body shell was found stable and capable to withstand more loads. Besides, there is some possibility of injuries due to the knees hitting the dashboard. However, despite no ISOFIX seat mounts, the car received 3 stars for child protection.
5. Mahindra Marazzo:
Mahindra Marazzo is a 7 seater MPV by Mahindra. It is, by far, the best-rated MPVs available in India tested by Global NCAP. Although the protection for the driver’s chest & legs was marginal, the test results found Marazzo’s body shell to be stable and capable of withstanding more load. Furthermore, Marazzo gets ISOFIX child seats as standard. However, it got just 2 stars for child protection.
4. Honda Amaze:
The second-generation Honda Amaze got 4th ranking in the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. The car got 4 stars for adult occupant protection. Furthermore, the Amaze’s body shell was found to be capable of bearing further load while the footwell area was stable. The protection to the front occupant’s knees was marginal. The car comes with ISOFIX child seats as standard. However, the Amaze got only 1 star for child protection.
3. Tata Nexon: Global NCAP Crash Test:
Tata Nexon stood at 3rd position in the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. It is the first India car to receive 5 stars from the Global NCAP. However, the 5-star rating is applicable to cars made after December 7, 2018. Furthermore, Tata Nexon provides impressive protection to front occupants while its body shell is also stable. The car gets 3 stars for child protection with ISOFIX as standard.
2. Tata Altroz: NO.2 in Global NCAP crash test
Tata Altroz received a commendable 2nd position in the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. Altroz uses Tata’s alpha platform which will found the base for its future car models. Furthermore, the car provides an adequate to good protection to occupants from impact. Its body shell can also withstand more loads. Besides, the ISOFIX seats are standard and the car got 3 stars for child protection. However, the areas of concern were the head of the dummy making contact with the car’s interiors and rear seat backrest unlatching on impact.
Mahindra XUV 3OO: No.1 in Global NCAP crash test
Mahindra XUV 3OO topped the list of top 10 cars to pass the Global NCAP crash test 2020. The car is based on Ssangyong Tivoli that passed the Euro NCAP with 4 stars already. Furthermore, the car scored 5 stars for occupant protection and 4 stars for child protection – the highest for any car. Its body shell was found to be stable and the protection to the front occupants was rated good. The child protection rating of 4 stars is impressive as its restraint systems preventing excessive movement on impact.
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