A few years ago safety in Indian automobiles was not given as big of a priority. Although for all the right reasons now the safety aspect of any vehicle is given utmost thought and because of this more and more automakers are now offering safer vehicles in the country. And one of the most important price brackets in India where a ton of cars are sold is the under Rs 10 lakh segment. So if you are in the market for a car in this segment and are looking to find the best and safe car then this list is for you!
The micro SUV from Tata Motors is one of the safest vehicles in the country. G-NCAP stated that Tata Punch scored 16.45 out of 17 in the adult safety rating. For child safety, the Punch scored 40.89 out of 49. The Punch scored better than three other 5-star GNCAP-rated cars sold in India – the Tata Altroz, the Tata Nexon, and the Mahindra XUV300.
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The Altroz is Tata Motors’ first premium hatchback offering additionally, it is also one of the safest premium hatchbacks in the country. The GNCAP crash test gave it a rating of 5 stars. Recently a sportier version of the Altroz called the Altroz Racer to rival the Hyundai i20 N-Line was unveiled at the 2023 Auto Expo.
Third car on this list is once again from the house of Tata Motors. The subcompact hatchback from Tata Motors was the first automobile built in India to receive a 5-star certification from Global NCAP. The Nexon received 16.06 points out of 17, which was the highest ever achieved by any car ever made in India till that time.
Like the subcompact SUV from Tata Motors the subcompact SUV from Mahindra the XUV300 has also received 5 star safety rating. In the GNCAP ratings, it received the full 5 stars. It comes with a diesel and a petrol engine. And most recently the company also launched the electrified version of this model called the XUV400.
The Triber is the most affordable seven-seater car available in the Indian market. This has emerged as the car’s distinctive selling proposition. On the crash test, the Triber earned an excellent 4 stars. The Triber’s ex-showroom price is Rs. 5.50 lakhs.
Nissan subcompact SUV the Magnite also managed to score a decent 4 star rating in the ASEAN NCAP. The car that was tested by ASEAN NCAP was the Indonesian-spec of the Nissan Magnite although the rating for the Indian car will remain same as the Indonesian model is made in India and is exported from here. The Nissan Magnite scored 39.02 points in Adult Occupant Protection and 16.31 points for Child Occupant Protection. The Safety Assist category of the new sub-4m compact SUV is 15.28 points. In total, the Magnite scored 70.60 points.
The mechanical twin of the Nissan Magnite, the Renault Kiger, debuted in March 2021. The Kiger, like its sibling, gets a 4-star safety rating from Global NCAP, mostly because to its robust architecture and excellent CMFA+ platform. Global NCAP assessed the Kiger’s entry-level model, which includes two front airbags and ABS. Overall, the test revealed that the building was unsteady and that the driver had very mediocre chest protection.
Mahindra Thar 2WD
The lifestyle off roader from Mahindra the Thar which recently received the two wheel drive variants in India is one of the newest cars in under Rs 10 lakh segment. The 4×4 variants of this SUV in the Global NCAP crash test scored 4 stars and as there are no changes in the terms of the safety aspect the rating for the 2WD is also the same.
The premium hatchback Honda Jazz received a total of four stars for collision safety. Out of a possible 17, the vehicle had a total score of 13.89. The Global NCAP awarded 31.54 out of a possible 49 points for kid safety. The Jazz also provides good safety for the co-driver and acceptable safety for the driver’s head and chest. The footwell region, body shell construction, and other important components are assessed as stable.
Another Tata Motors hatchback on this list the Tata Tiago which managed to attain a score of 4-star rating. As per Global NCAP, the car offers ‘adequate’ protection to the head of the driver and the front passenger. Also, both the front occupants benefited from good protection from the tech at the time of crash test.
With a Global NCAP rating of 4 stars in the adult protection category, Tata Motors sub-compact sedan the Tigor managed to sit beside its hatchback sibling the Tiago in terms of safety rating. According to the results of the crash test organzied by the G-NCAP, the Tigor provided excellent front occupant protection, but only fair chest protection for the driver and passenger.
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