Global New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) started a campaign to make cars safer in 2014. Under the program, Global NCAP tested a total of 38 cars that are for sale in the Indian market. The results show that there are 8 cars out of the top 10 spots are Indian.
The maximum points are scored by the Mahindra XUV300, which is the safest cars according to the test held by Global NCAP. The Tata Altroz is in the second spot while the Tata Nexon is in the third spot. These are the only five-star rated cars available in the Indian market. At the fourth spot, the older Tata Nexon is positioned that scored 4 stars and following that, the Tata Tiago. These are the top five safest cars in the Indian market and all of them are from Indian manufacturers.
Volkswagen Polo is the sixth spot followed the Mahindra Marazzo and Toyota Etios. The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and the Tata Zest are in the ninth and tenth spots. Apart from the Volkswagen Polo and the Toyota Etios, all the other cars are from the Indian brands in the top 10 list. There are five cars from Tata, two from Mahindra and one from Maruti Suzuki in this list.
Global NCAP has tested various cars from different segments that are available in the Indian market. All the cars tested by them is in a controlled lab and all the vehicles go through similar test conditions and the results are measured after impact. At the time of the impact, the speed of the car is 56 km/h, which is constant for all the vehicles. A higher speed impact is also carried out at 64 km/h.
The agency has tested best-selling cars from the Indian market including the Alto 800, the Hyundai i10 and even the Tata Nano in the past. The cars were tested under the Safer Cars for India campaign and they even announced the ‘Safer Choice’ award at the 2018 Auto Expo. This is to attract car manufacturers to build safer cars for the Indian market. The cars that have achieved a 5-star rating for adult safety and a 4-star rating for child occupant are eligible for this award. Also, the model should offer the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) as standard and also meet the pedestrian protection requirement as per the United Nations Regulations.
The Tata Nexon became the first car on sale in the Indian market to achieve the 5-star safety rating. Soon, the Tata Altroz achieved the feat. Mahindra XUV300 was the last car to achieve the five-star safety rating.