One of the factors that a new age buyers who is planning to buy a new car considers now is the safety. A decade ago all we cared about was about the fuel efficiency but, now we are looking for a car that is safer for the families and return good fuel efficiency. Global NCAP had started a campaign back in 2014 to make cars more safer and some manufacturers did take things seriously and came up with some great products. They conducted a test where they tested 38 cars that are sold in Indian market to check the build quality and the results were surprising. Out of the top 10 vehicles safe vehicles, 8 of them were from Indian manufacturers.
The sub-4 meter compact SUV, Mahindra XUV300 is currently the top scorer of the chart with 5 star ratings. It is followed by Tata Altroz and Tata Nexon both have a five star ratings. The fourth position is again taken by Tata Nexon but, this is the older version which had obtained 4 stars during the test. The fifth position goes to Tata Tiago and Tigor with again 4 star ratings.
Volkswagen Polo hatchback comes sixth and the Mahindra Marazzo MPV is seventh. Both have a 4 star rating just like the Toyota Etios which is in the eight position. Nineth and tenth position is also occupied by Indian brands with a maximum of 4 stars. The vehicles are Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and Tata Zest respectively.
One of the surprising things that is seen in this list is that most of the vehicles in the top 10 list are from Indian manufactures. Tata Motors is in the lead with 5 vehicles followed by Mahindra with two vehicles and Maruti with one. Eight vehicles in the top 10 list are from Indian manufacturers which is actually an achievement on how far these manufacturers have over a period of time.
These tests were conducted in a controlled environment for all the vehicles where the speed was limited to 56 kmph. The results were evaluated after the impact. A higher speed version of the same test at 64 Kmph was also conducted on these cars. The cars were tested under the ‘Safer cars for India’ campaign and the safest car even received an award at the 2018 Auto Expo. Indian cars are progressively getting safer, in part due to government regulation and in part due to greater awareness and customer demand. ABS, reverse parking sensors, speed alerts and airbags are now mandatory safety features on all cars sold in India.