Top 10 safest car’s and SUV’s in India
Top 10 safest car's and SUV's in India
The basic model of Mahindra XUV300 i.e. W4 and W6 variants (Rs 8.30-9.99 lakh) comes with two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear disc brakes and Isofix child-seat mounts, along with other equipment like rear parking sensors and seat-belt reminders that are now mandatory. While the higher-spec XUV300 W8 and W8(O) variants cross the Rs 10 lakh mark (Rs 10.60-12.69 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India), they come with more safety kit i.e. the range-topping version gets seven airbags, front parking sensors, electronic stability programme, front and rear fog lamps, a tyre pressure monitoring system and a rear parking camera.
The safety kit of Tata Altroz ranging (Rs 5.29-9.29 lakh, ex-showroom, pan-India) includes two airbags, ABS with EBD, rear parking sensors, seat-belt reminders for the front seats and Isofix child-seat mounts. Higher variants add kit such as height-adjustable front seat belts, a rear parking camera, and front and rear fog lamps.
Tata’s compact SUV Nexon achieved four stars for adult occupant protection and three stars for child occupant protection in the recent test conducted by NCAP. The protection offered to the driver and passenger head and neck is quite dependable. Driver and passenger chest showed adequate protection. The child seat for the 3-year-old CRS was installed FWF with ISOFIX and top tether prevents excessive forward movement during the impact with good protection for the head while marginal protection to the chest.
The Mahindra Marazzo comes with standard double airbags, ABS, SBR for driver and ISOFIX anchorages. This enables it to reach four stars in Adult Occupant Protection and two stars for Child Occupant Protection. The model offers good protection for both adult head and neck, marginal protection for the driver chest and adequate protection for passenger chest.
The VW Polo with two airbags managed a solid 4-star rating for adult-occupant protection (12.54/17) way back in 2014. It also scored three stars for child occupant protection (29.91/49) despite lacking Isofix child-seat mounts. The top-spec variants of the Volkswagen Polo now come with all the mandated safety kit, with prices ranging between Rs 5.83-9.60 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India).
The Tata Tiago hatchback and Tigor compact sedan were both awarded four stars in the crash tests, managing to score 12.52 out of 17 for adult occupancy. The Tata Tigor and Tiago both also managed a 3-star child occupancy rating (34.15/49) – they were marked down for the lack of Isofix child-seat mounts. The child seat for the 3-year-old was installed along FWF with the adult seatbelt and support leg which prevents excessive forward movement during the impact.
The Vitara Brezza’s 4-star rating for adult occupancy (12.51 out of 17) makes it the safest Maruti Suzuki model you can currently buy in India. However, the SUV only roped in two stars for child occupancy (17.93 out of 49). All variants of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza are equipped with two airbags, ABS with EBD, front seat belts with pretensioners, a driver’s side seat-belt reminder and Isofix child-seat mounts. The Hyundai Venue rival costs between Rs 7.34-11.15 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The current-gen Maruti Suzuki Ertiga was able to secure a 3-star rating for adult occupancy (9.25/17).The Maruti Ertiga did manage to secure three stars (25.16/49) for child occupancy. Standard safety kit on the Ertiga includes two airbags, ABS, seat-belt reminders for the front seats, Isofix child-seat mounts at the rear and the now-mandatory rear parking sensors and speed alarms. The Ertiga is a petrol MPV that is priced from Rs 7.59-10.13 lakh, though there is a CNG variant on offer for Rs 8.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
When it was tested in 2017, the Ford Figo-based compact sedan was given a respectable 3-star rating for adult occupancy (10.49/17), despite not having safety kit such as ABS and seat-belt pre-tensioners as standard. The Ford Aspire facelift, which launched in late 2018, came with far more safety kit than the model that was tested; so, the Aspire’s overall score isn’t bad at all. The Maruti Dzire rival costs Rs 5.99-8.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) in its BS6 form.
The Renault Duster makes it to the Top 10 list with three stars for adult occupant safety (9.0/17) and two stars for child occupant safety (17.75/49). This model, which was tested in 2017, was equipped with just a driver’s side airbag – the model with no airbags was given zero stars for adult occupancy. Considering the Renault Duster on sale right now has dual-front airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, rear parking sensors and more – and has since then been upgraded to meet pedestrian safety norms with a facelift.