Euro NCAP has tested several cars for safety ratings. Land Rover Defender, which sells as a CBU in India and Isuzu D-Max has secured a five-star safety rating in the tests. The Isuzu D-Max tested is not India-spec but an older version of the vehicle is sold in India too.
Euro NCAP used a right-hand drive Land Rover Defender 110 for the test. It is the diesel model that is powered by a 2.0-litre diesel. The all-new Defender scored 85 per cent for Adult and Child Occupant safety. Euro NCAP also tested the vehicle on other parameters. It scored 79 per cent for Safety Assist and achieved a 71 per cent score for Vulnerable Road Users. Similar safety score will be given to the Defender 90, which is the Short Wheel Base version of the model.
The all-new Defender offers a range of advanced driver assistance systems that include Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Assist, 3D surround camera, clear exit monitor, adaptive cruise control, driver condition monitor, lane keep assist, rear collision monitor, rear traffic monitor, traffic sign recognition system and adaptive speed limiter. The Defender also offers advanced sonar-based door mirrors that provide real-time information on the water depth while going through a crossing.
Now coming to the Isuzu D-Max, it scored 84% in the adult occupant safety, 86% in child occupant safety, 69% in vulnerable road users and 83% in safety assist. The D-Max also offers a range of safety systems including Automatic Emergency Braking for pedestrians, AEB for cars crossing the way, speed assistance and lane assist system.
As mentioned above, this Isuzu D-Max tested by Euro NCAP is not Indian-spec model. Which is why it costs a lot more than the Indian version of the pick-up truck. In India, the D-Max V-Cross is the most popular pick-up and is the only model that is available for private car buyers. Isuzu will soon update the vehicle in the Indian market but such safety assistance will not be available as they increase the price of the vehicle by multiple folds.
In India, there are currently three five-star rated vehicles that are made-in-India. There is the Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300 and the Tata Altroz. While Global NCAP tests the cars that are sold in India to push the manufacturers to make safer cars, here are Indian laws that require the vehicles to meet the minimum safety requirements. In the past, several vehicles have been tested and many of them have failed to get even 3 stars. Due to the cost restraints, manufacturers avoid offering safety features in the mass-segment vehicles in India.
To test the vehicle, it is crashed against barriers at a constant speed and then the impact is measured through specialised mannequins. In India, BNVSAP norms are applicable to the vehicles but the test ratings are not publicly available. The vehicle either passes the test or it fails it.